Dennis Osadebe • AWK
Meet Dennis Osadebe, a self taught mixed media artist from Nigeria. His unique style fuses contemporary art and pop art, using digital processes to create unique pieces, which are later covered with acrylic paint.
At initial glance of this artists work, there is no mistaking that he uses a great deal of bold and pastel colours, creating in what he cites as "Neo Visual Style", which is modern, bright, expressive and proactive, fusing the old and modern world with unique characters and surrounding areas in a colourful world, evoking the promise of a bright future.
What Kanga Loves about this artist is not only his work but his emphasis and push of the innovative art movement "Neo- Africa" in Nigeria and all around the globe, promoting a wider and broader realisation of art from all over Africa.
Amongst the many unique aspects of his work, his themes have a good mix of the then and now communicated through the cultural masks and helmets used in his work which represens Nigeria's history (paying homage to his home country) and the now modernised world and culture.
Kanga was in attendance at Dennis Osadebe's exhibition "Portrait of a Bright Generation" which held at Galeria Luisa Wang in Paris, France in January 2019.
This is the first exhibition in France by Dennis Osadebe and features 10 new paintings, all with the signature style of vibrant and bright aesthetics. This project, as with all of his work, evokes thought about our world and what we are surrounded by as well as where we are heading to.
"Portrait of A Bright Generation" reflects our generation and its technological integrations. It also reflects our ability to use technology as a tool to propel humankind to a totally new space, to promote change and better the world we live in, guiding humanity to a new and auspicious path.” - Dennis Osadebe
With Dennis' work, you will quickly gather that each characters face is hidden behind a helmet or mask. The Helmet represents a shield & a hinderance to communication as a result of technology but at the same time, it is also a gateway which allows individuals to build connections.
The Mask is a nod to the artists nigerian roots. These masks represent the culture and history of art in Nigeria and the transformation that comes with one concealing their identity and wearing a mask, enabling a different form of communication.
You will also notice bold and colourful surroundings, which evoke the promise of a bright future.
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