Something For The Weekend: Transcending Boundaries 2014 – The UK’s Leading platform for Contemporary West African Art

Edosa Ogiugo - Peace Like A River - 2013-14 126.9 cmx101.5 cm-Oil on canvas
Edosa Ogiugo – Peace Like A River – 2013-14

Rom Isichei - Basking in senscious regard, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 48x60 inch
Rom Isichei – Basking in senscious regard, 2014, mixed media on canvas

Tayo Quaye - BOXES & CAGES OIL ON CANVAS
Tayo Quaye BOXES CAGES OIL ON CANVAS

A new selling exhibition, Transcending Boundaries 2014 – The UK’s Leading platform for Contemporary West African Art, at Mall Galleries running from 17th – 22nd March. Mall Galleries, The Mall (near Trafalgar Square), London, SW1
www.aabru.co.uk

With over 35 never-before-seen paintings and sculptures from eleven established artists, the exhibition gives Londoners the opportunity to experience and buy into the vibrancy flowing out of the continent as African art takes off.

Transcending Boundaries, the UK’s largest selling West African art exhibition, presented by Aabru Art in London, has announced its second annual exhibition following a hugely successful near sell-out inaugural show in 2013.

The pioneering exhibition will once again celebrate excellence in West African Contemporary art and illustrate the growing popularity in contemporary art from the region. Taking place at London’s Mall Galleries for the first time, this diverse and vibrant showcase will allow both collectors and the public the opportunity to see and buy previously unseen art by West Africa’s leading artists.

Eleven leading artists, all of whom are revered in their home countries, are bringing world premières of their work to the five-day exhibition. Exquisite art, ranging from elegant wood sculptures by Reuben Ugbine and photo-realistic oil paintings by Abiodun Olaku through to intricate metal work that resembles leather by Fidelis Odogwu and bold, colourful works by Edosa Ogiugo, will be available for purchase.

Following the success of last year’s show, which was attended by leading art collectors, business professionals, tastemakers, politicians and celebrated artists, Anshu Bahanda, founder of Aabru Art is delighted to be presenting Transcending Boundaries for a second year:

“The response to Transcending Boundaries 2013 was fantastic and we are very pleased to be returning with another collection of outstanding artists from West Africa. These artists highlight the diversity and quality of work from the region with a host of evocative and engaging works. We look forward to hosting Transcending Boundaries 2014 at the Mall galleries with a full programme of events.

Aabru Art has worked closely with each of these artists, encouraging Transcending Boundaries to break norms and establish a lasting legacy for West African art in the international market.”

All of the work on display draws on West Africa’s heritage for inspiration with prices ranging from £3,000 – £30,000.

The VIP section is designed by Banke Kuku.

Transcending Boundaries 2014 also has a full programme of educational events available to the public between 17 – 22 March. Artist tours and panel discussions with Biyi Bandele (Director of Half of a Yellow Sun), Chris Spring (British Museum), Nkem Ifejika (Business Journalist), Giles Peppiatt (Bonhams) and Abiodun Olaku (West African Artist and Founder of the Guild of Fine Arts) will take place at the Mall Galleries.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: The public can register for VIP events by emailing aabruevents@gmail.com
Friday 21 March

14.30 – 15.30 ‘Pioneers in the world of African Art’
Art panel discussion with Chris Spring (British Museum), Giles Peppiatt (Bonhams) and Abiodun Olaku (West African Artist and Founder of the Guild of Fine Arts).
Booking is essential. Please register interest by emailing aabruevents@gmail.com.
Limited Availability – 80 person capacity.

Saturday 22 March 14.00 – 15.00 Gasworks Tours
VIP Tour of Gasworks discussing ‘African Residencies’ led by Alessio Antonelli, Director of Gasworks
Booking is essential. Please register interest by emailing aabruevents@gmail.com.
Limited Availability – 30 person capacity.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper'

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *