Two essential components, aesthetics and perception, type the pedestal on which Raji Mohammed has built his new paintings. A regular figurative painter, he brings the duality of artwork into his new present, Beauty and Illusion, which opens to the general public from September 11 to 18, 2021, at Alexis Galleries, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The present is also on virtual platforms of the gallery’s social media handles such as, Instagram- alexisgalleries, Fb- Thehomestores & Alexisgalleries.
From his set up signature as a realist, the artist moves into pseudo-abstract expressionism. Nevertheless, his application of colours are sustained in the new style and procedure.
Amongst some of the functions that announce Mohammed’s fresh new canvas textures are Bond (Eko for Clearly show sequence), Unrestricted (Standing Tall sequence) and Secured, all dated 2021.
In every of the paintings, Mohammed lets house, precisely, on the headroom of the canvas to deliver illusory effect in conversation.
Black stripes of yellow, in most artistic expressions that depict Lagos, radiate aura of chaos. But in Mohammed’s Bond (Eko for Exhibit series), the canvas emits glamour from a few figures versus yellow track record of black stripes.
Perhaps, just one of most naughty areas of generating a masterpiece portray is the decision of firming for qualifications.
For Standing Tall, Mohammed’s brushings in linear technique for the qualifications makes contrast for the central determine to blossom. The attractiveness of the painting lies a lot more in the artist’s coalescence of loud colours, in the figure and subtleness of the qualifications.
The concept, Attractiveness and Illusion, was encouraged by a assortment of thoughts and awareness I collected from investigation and conversation with current working day experiences,” Mohammed said. “I discovered that many of the points that seem to be like an anchor are just a mirage, and that the modern society thrives on these illusions to continue to be applicable.”
He defined, “the 11 performs in Natural beauty and Illusion also existing the concept of true magnificence in growth, protection, unity and inclusivity as I juxtapose it with themes of buzz, stereotype, relevance, terrible governance and inequality.”
For Mohammed and most youthful, emerging as nicely as mid-career artists, transiting from a single interval to another will come with the apprehension around the mysterious. And dousing these types of dread, Mohammed seemed to have been bold plenty of in populating his present with performs of the new period of time. His past fashion of immediate realism, he warned, is not dumped but.
“This fashion is not replacing the a single I’m regarded for, but I want to use this exhibition to display the art local community that there is a different facet to the Raji brand or signature,” he disclosed. “I continue to create image-impressionist will work but determined to exhibit a entire body of function in a design I have been doing work on for shut to 3 decades now in which I have exhibited some of my explorative will work both of those in Nigeria and outdoors the country.”
Mohammed initial showed in the gallery, five years in the past. The gallery statement included: “Raji Mohammed is a figurative painter, who has about the several years, mastered his artwork. He is relentless in teaching and practising in a pattern that speaks progress. Raji has properly trained underneath the watchful eyes of fantastic masters, applying everyday lifetime occurrences and moods all around him as inspirations to generate inspiring functions of artwork.”
He examined Fantastic and Used Art at Adeniran Ogunsanya Faculty of Training, Ijanikin, Lagos, and graduated with a National Certification in Education (NCE) Great and Utilized Artwork in 2008. He received a Bachelor of Arts (Schooling) diploma from the College of Nigeria, Nsukka Nigeria in 2015.
The exhibit is sponsored and supported by Pepsi, Tiger, Indomie, Mikano, The Guardian, Wazobia Television set, Neat FM, UPS, Haier Thermocool, Cobranet, Delta Airways, Aina Blankson, The Homestores, Artwork Café, Shed In Lagos, Arzeh Intergrated Ltd, and AMG Logistics.
The gallery is partnering Cerebral Palsy (CP) Centre, which supplies treatment and care for youngsters with CP, grassroots awareness campaigns experiencing the challenges of increasing little ones with CP, advocating for support and plan alterations in favour of men and women residing with CP and other disabilities, by donating aspect of the exhibition proceeds to its system.