Abend Gallery proudly presents 'Before the Wooden Wall,' the U.S. debut solo exhibition by Joseph Idowu. Hailing from Ekiti State, Nigeria, and now practicing his art in the bustling metropolis of Lagos, Idowu blends his background in Fine and Applied Arts, attained at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, with his unique personal experiences to create deeply touching works. His style is marked by the striking impressions of wood grain textures, a vivid homage to his childhood living in a small wooden house.
Idowu's work is as much a reflection of his personal journey as it is a social commentary. Through roles as a teacher, brother, and caretaker, he has nurtured a profound understanding of childhood and its pivotal role in shaping individuals. Primarily using acrylic on canvas or Belgian linen, Idowu occasionally turns to pyro painting, a unique technique that adds another layer of depth to his work. Each piece challenges prevailing global perceptions, depicting children with elegance, intelligence, and resilience.. Don't miss this opportunity to experience Idowu's impactful work from September 2nd - October 7th at our Cherry Creek location, 303 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206.
🗓️ Oct 7 - Nov 4
📍 Location: (Cherry Creek): 303 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206
This exhibition is an ode to my childhood memories, juxtaposing what was and what I wish I had. The body of works presented focus on children with different emotions and affection.
I categorize my childhood experiences/memories into two - Before the wooden wall and after the wooden wall. The wooden wall represents the small wooden house in which I grew up.
I barely have memories of events that happened before we moved to the small wooden house but i heard tales of a better life that was. I have more memories of the hard times in this small wooden house which now positively affects my art practice years later.
With my signature Ligneous and emotive portraits of children close to me, I have chosen to present these African children in a better light than the popular pervasive stereotype of the African child.
From the image of a little girl smiling at the viewers to an affectionate older child staring as though silently screaming for help, these works call to the inner child in every one of us.
The theme "childhood and growth" in these works beckon on the viewers to better appreciate their inner child and live every moment of life as though it were the last. - Joseph Idowu