A combined exhibition of past and recent works by Mike Omoighe opens to the public on Monday January 25th at The Wheatbaker.

The exhibition, “Equal Rights: Unule Unuile Ozese”, features a total of 28 mixed media works on paper and canvas by the abstract expressionist who has spent most of his professional life teaching at the Yaba College of Technology.

The solo exhibition explores the delicate balance of love and power by highlighting traditional forms conflict resolution, vis-à-vis, an exploration of Nigeria’s political history. Omoighe presents two viewpoints from his sketches and jotting diary; first is the implication of military rule on a country struggling towards democracy, and second is the cultural object of Ukpo-Esan-Fibre art in the Igbabonelimi masquerader’s costumes.

His works oscillate from heavily painted canvases that are full of color, patterns, sweeping movement and loads of energy, to works which are playfully void of “too much talk”, subtle and profound complexity.

Ilo Mascquerade by Mike Omoighe, conte black drawing on paper, 56cm x 76cm, 2014

Ilo Mascquerade by Mike Omoighe, conte black drawing on paper, 56cm x 76cm, 2014

Mike Omoighe is a master of form, space, and minimalist understatement. Equal Rights is curated by Sandra Mbanefo Obiago and sponsored by The Wheatbaker and Veuve Clicquot.

Duration : From January 25th to March 30th 2016.

Venue : The Wheatbaker, 4 Onitolo(Lawrence Road), Ikoyi, Lagos.