Nelson Okoh Artists
Nelson Okoh was born on the 14th April 1974 in Lagos state. He hails from Warri, Ode Itsekiri in Delta State. He has practiced his art works for over 15 years. He went to Gaskiya College, Lagos.
Okoh has become one of the most highly sought after artist since 2012. His unique distinctive style of work can be seen as a creative expression and exploration of the relationship between art and science; Okoh reinvents the ordinary and the obvious, to entice and teach the viewer to think and to feel; He employs cultural subjects to engage our collective attention. His work continues to spark interest with his unusual compositions which are influenced by water elements; the rain drop effect and the wave.
Popular for his dark to light application of oil paint, his work illustrates great contrast in colour and illumination, and demands attention particularly from a far distance.
As a self-taught artist, Okoh describes his style as impressionism. The unique and distinctive is created through the use of palette knife.
Ultimately, Okoh’s work is a product of the elements that surround us and the order in which we process the obvious and the not so obvious. His unique and enduring style of work is a clear result of his experimentation and self-study, which has set him apart from his peers and continues to leave a visual imprint in the minds of the audience.
Most of his works are women. He chose the feminine gender because women portray emotion and are vulnerable to so many things. The female figure is beautiful and well created by God in terms of stature and emotion. The half-abstract forms in Nelson Okoh’s works require more than a casual observation from a viewer. This is especially so with his portraitures’ series depicting tranquil women faces or a quarter length frame—mostly, either in a meditative gaze or freely posing as models. Okoh further challenges his viewers, by deliberately distorting images and figures into blurred compositions.
Uche Uzorka is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Uzorka was born in 1974 in Delta State, Nigeria, and graduated in 2001 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, majoring in painting. Uzorka’s practice incorporates painting, collage, cutting and pasting, charcoal, and ink drawing in an examination of processes of urban street culture. Uzorka won First Place in the National Art Competition in 2011 for his collaboration with artist Chike Obeagu. His first solo exhibition, Uche Uzorka: The Organic, was held in October 2012 at the Goethe-Institut Nigeria in association with the African Artists’ Foundation. Line.Sign.Symbol, Uzorka’s second solo exhibition, was held at the African Artists’ Foundation in January 2013.