ARTISTTHE LATE RUFUS OGUNDELE

Ogundele began to develop his skills as a print maker when Georgina Beier invited him and Jacob Afolabi to work in her house

Rufus Ogundele was born in 1946, in Osogbo. He became a musician and in actor in his Uncle Duro Ladipo’s theatre when he was when he was teenager. In 1963, he participated in Denis William’s workshop.

Ogundele began to develop his skills as a print maker when Georgina Beier invited him and Jacob Afolabi to work in her house. From inception he worked on large-scale using emulsion paint, he first outlined one or two large figures in black he then filled in the background with white and painted the remaining areas with blue, green and red. He married the European artistic techniques he developed with the teaching of traditional Yoruba culture; worthy of note is the dominance of colour in Rufus Ogundele’s works.

His work has been exhibited in Nigeria, U.S.A., U.K., Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Czechoslovakia, Canada and Japan. In 1966-68 his works were shown in a Smithsonian Institution travelling exhibition, and at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London.

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