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Ade Ogundimu.Painter/Sculptor

What people are saying about his works…

Over the years, Ade Ogundimu has received many awards and is highly recognisable within the art community throughout Nigeria and United Kingdom. An accomplished artist, he has participated in numerous solo exhibitions and joint exhibitions around the world. An impressionist, he is exploring the range of daily human life, concerned as much with life’s ironies and social injustices, as with its many joys. Ade is noted for his impeccable merger of traditional African painting and sculpture with the contemporary genre.

Like Ben Enwonwu, I refuse to accept a subordinate position in the art world or to have my work labelled solely as African due to a perceived failure. I have consistently opposed such a philosophy, considering it baseless. European artists like Picasso, Braque, and Vlaminck were influenced by African art, which is widely recognised and accepted. However, when African artists incorporate European techniques and training into their work, there is an expectation that they must adhere to traditional forms, even to the point of imitation. I do not replicate traditional art.

Art, like culture, is not static. It evolves with the times. Expecting contemporary African art to mirror the art of the past is regressive and ignores the dynamic nature of artistic expression. African art has always evolved, even before Western influence, adapting to new circumstances. Similarly, the African perspective on art has evolved alongside cultural changes up to the present day.