Enter Aina Onabolu Complex, of Painting in Oil on Canvas by Olusola David, Ayibiowu

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                     Author: Olusola David, Ayibiowu

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Since the begriming of art in Nigeria, Aina Onabolu (born in Ijebu-Ode in 1882-1963) has been refer to as the father of modern Nigerian art. He was the first Nigerian to have formal art training, enrolling in St. John's Wood Art School, London, in 1920. But his art career had begun two decades earlier when, self-taught, he took up portrait painting and landscape painting. A pioneer in promoting art education in Nigerian schools, Onabolu felt duty-bound to demonstrate that Africans could paint as well as Europeans.

 

Olusola David, Ayibiowu may not have any inclination of the growth of modern arts through Aina Onabolu and development of contemporary art education in Nigeria with a view to determining the problems or challenges on the ground and suggest workable solutions. Since no study of any aspect of the history of modern arts and contemporary Nigeria will be complete without some knowledge of the traditional Nigerian in the past and by relating it to our world today. 


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This painting depicted an Exhibition Hall of the Aina Onabolu Complex (Building) an old building structure but now the building has been renovated to a new structured facade and the environment is now completely changed to a better structure...

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The technique used in this painting is a mixture of brush strokes with impasto (Palette knife effect) with a dramatic impression of brush strokes.
There is another bigger one or size of this kind of painting of Aina Onabolu building that he painted in Oil on canvas after this particular painting and it was donated to Aina Onabolu Complex at National Gallery of Modern Art, National Theater, Iganmu, Lagos.But as history may have it that the painting has been relocated to Abuja at National Gallery of Art, Though the painting in  oil on canvas was done by Ayibiowu Olusola when he was one of the resident artists program in the year 2000 at National Gallery of Arts, Lagos.


However, there is need for us to note that "history is to a people what memory is to the individual. "A people with no knowledge of their past will suffer from lack of knowledge, because knowledge is power. The future of arts without guide posts from precedence to share their course" adding that "only a thorough awareness of arts heritage allows freedom of expressions in arts and public decisions as they make their private ones". It then follows that for possible reforms in education, "reflections on the previous events and policies will assist considerably in planning any future course of action”


Exhibition

Ayibiowu held is First Solo Exhibition Theme: Vision  Date: Nov 30-Dec 6, 2007 at Aina Onabolu Building, National Theater, Iganmu, Lagos of the National Gallery of Art Lagos during the period of when, Joe Musa was the Director General of, National Gallery of Art Nigeria.

A few weeks later after this solo exhibition by Ayibiowu met a notable Art Collector, Mr. Olagbaju was a Trustee of the Ben Enwonwu Foundation, the Chairman of the Sammy Oluseun Olagbaju Charitable Foundation, the Chairman of Visual Arts Society of Nigeria, who bought one of the Ayibiowu's painting Title: Pray Without Ceasing, Medium: Oil on Canvas at Aina Onabolu Building National Theater Iganmu in 2007.

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