In a coming exhibition of works by Nigerian artist Alimi Adewale titled DIVERGENCE, he departs from a painting only exhibition to show his progress in other art forms. For several years, in an effort to interpret and express his work in other media, he has been practicing his hands on sculptures using wood. He however takes this traditional medium to another level by painting with varying hues to give life and new meaning to this material.

Alimi’s works has always focused on his experiences and this time, things are not different. After his residency in Europe he started the migrant’s series, he had seen the challenges and conditions of migrants from Africa and Middle east. This series is charged with questions on who are the people responsible for the exodus of these migrants from rich and endowed countries into Europe.

Divergence spotlights Alimi´s interdisciplinary approach in integrating unique methodologies and concepts into his artistic practice. He has subtly but bravely emerged out of the veil of restrictions and limitations of traditional media and found his own path to making unique body of works for this exhibition.

Also in the body of work showing at Divergence is an ode to Fela, which is evident in the Lady na Master series.  The ode runs through the all female form presentation celebrating the rise of African women. Alimi’s portray of female nude is not an objectification or idealization of the female figure, instead it probes beyond representation to shed light on the female experience, and in this way celebrates femininity.

In her Grace Oil, Acrylic, Collage on Canvas 96 x 48 inches

Alimi Adewale, In her Grace, Collage on Canvas.

Displacement I Acrylic 16 x 20 inches

Alimi Adewale, Displacement I, Acrylic on Canvas.

Alara Lagos invites you to the opening of Divergence on Friday 13th November 2015 at their beautifully designed store at 12a Akin Olugbade street on Victoria Island in Lagos.  This is Alara’s debut art show and it promises to be a delight for guests and visitors from the opening day till 10th December, 2015 when it closes.

Private view on Thursday 13th November is strictly by invitation. To attend, RSVP here:  [email protected]