The 18th edition of Arthouse Contemporary ‘Modern and Contemporary Art’ sale will hold on Monday, May 22, in Lagos.

With a total of ninety-eight lots, the sale features a strong selection of modern masters such as Ben Enwonwu, Erhabor Emokpae, Ben Osawe, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Abayomi Barber, David Dale, Twins Seven Seven, David Dale and Akinola Lasekan as well as some leading contemporary names like El Anatsui, Peju Alatise, Victor Ehikhamenor, Ben Osaghae, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, Kainebi Osahenye and Gerald Chukwuma.

Other international artists featured in the auction include Soly Cisse, Tchif, Dominique Zimkpe, Nana Nyan Acquah, Kofi Agorsor and Ablade Glover.

As is the tradition for Arthouse, the auction will start with four charity lots from Abiola Idowu, Raoul da Silva, Muraina Olayemi, and Stella Yowvr Ubigho, in support of Arthouse Foundation, the non- profit artist residency program based in Lagos, Nigeria.

The works will be open for preview on Sunday, May 21, 2017, from 12 noon to 6 pm, and Monday, May 22, 2017, from 10 am – 1 pm.

Led by noted auctioneer John Dabney the auction will take place on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 6pm.

Venue –  Kia Showroom, 308 Adeola Odeku Street, Lagos, Nigeria.


Artwork leading the evening sale 

Ben Enwonwu, Anyanwu

Ben Enwonwu, Anyanwu, 1962.

BEN ENWONWU (1917-1994) ANYANWU 1962 Bronze 147 cm (without base) 183 cm (with base) 58 in (without base) 72 in (with base). Signed and dated (lower part of work). Estimate: ₦ 50,000,000 – 75,000,000.

“This 1962 version of Ben Enwonwu’s most enigmatic and best-known sculpture, Anyanwu, has all the elements that characterize this work the original version of which he executed on commission for the façade of the National Museum, Lagos, in 1955. Enwonwu conceived this representation of the Igbo sun deity as a dainty royal figure dressed as an Edo queen, and adorned with beaded ornaments and queen mother’s so-called bird-beak crown. Her complex s-shape form, the combination of naturalistically rendered and abstract formal elements, and the representation of her lower section as a single undefined stem, are clearly evident in this excellent piece. Enwonwu continued to make different versions of Anyanwu, with variations in the level of detail, surface texture, anatomical features, dress, facial expression, and size. This piece, standing, at more than four feet, belong in the mid-range versions both in terms of size and detailing. Whereas the pupils are present in the full-scale versions, thus giving the figure a terrifying gaze, here a menacing and mean expression is heightened by the dramatically upturned upper lip.”

Other artworks in the evening sale 

Rom Isichei, Ambition, 2010.

ROM ISICHEI (b.1966) AMBITION 2010 Oil on canvas 127 x 102 cm (50 x 40 in). Signed and dated (lower right). Estimate: ₦ 2,500,000 – 3,500,000.

Ade Adekola, Queen Idia (Festac Head), 2014.

ADE ADEKOLA (b.1966) QUEEN IDIA (FESTAC MASK) 2014 Diamond dust on c-print 90 x 115 cm (35½ x 45½ in). Estimate: ₦ 1,000,000 – 1,500,000.

Peju Alatise, Inside They Are Broken Women, 2012

PEJU ALATISE (b.1975) INSIDE THEY ARE BROKEN 2012 Mixed media on canvas 122 x 244 x 15 cm (48 x 96 x 6 in). Signed and dated (lower right). Estimate: ₦ 5,000,000 – 6,500,000.

Abiodun Olaku_Lucifier’s Call-Card, 2015.

ABIODUN OLAKU (b.1958) LUCIFER S CALL CARD 2015 Oil on textured canvas 98 x 122 cm (38½ x 48 in). Signed and dated (lower left). Estimate: ₦ 3,000,000 – 4,000,000.

Ben Osaghae, Sound of Silence, 2011.

BEN OSAGHAE (1962-2017) THE SOUND OF SILENCE 2011 Acrylic on canvas 136 x 150 cm (53½ x 59 in). Signed and dated (lower left). Estmate: ₦ 4,000,000 – 5,000,000.

Akinola Lasekan, Portrait of Madam Aralepo, 1972.

AKINOLA LASEKAN (1916-1974) PORTRAIT OF MADAM ARALEPO 1972 Oil on board 114.5 x 61 cm (45 x 24 in). Signed and dated (lower right). ₦3,000,000 – 4,500,000.

See the auction catalogue for more works.