ARTISTAMOS ODION

Apart from Odion’s abstract works which conveys a sense of humour by their stocky proportion, the well detailed features of his figurative pieces embodies cultural preferences and individuality that addresses known mainstream sculptural themes

The carved-wood sculptures of Amos Odion are notable for their proportion. They are based on the human figure and sometimes make reference to abstract forms. Odion starts his carving process from a single wood block, making figures that are often characterized by a texturized surface, achieved by the use of chisel.

A study on Odion’s works shows the artist’s interest in movement, with emphasis also placed on angular direction traceable through axis line. You would find this in his figurative works, where volume helps to define the areas that connect contours. Apart from Odion’s abstract works which conveys a sense of humour by their stocky proportion, the well detailed features of his figurative pieces embodies cultural preferences and individuality that addresses known mainstream sculptural themes. Amos Odion was born in 1943 in Nigeria. After undergoing a four-year apprenticeship, he worked with late painter and sculptor Erhabor Emokpae in his studio. He has exhibited his works within and outside Nigeria.

His wood sculptures today adorn many notable public buildings such as Economic Commission for Africa Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Unilever Headquarters, London etc. He had a solo show to his credit, which was held at Goethe Institute in 1981.

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