Installation Photos from Patrick Akpojotor’s “If Walls Could Speak” at the Wheatbaker, Lagos

Installation photos of Patrick Akpojotor’s debut solo exhibition by SMO Contemporary Art at the Wheatbaker, Lagos.

Patrick Akpojotor, "The House Stella Adadevoh Built", 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art
Patrick Akpojotor, “The House Stella Adadevoh Built”, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art

On September 22, 2019, SMO Contemporary Art presented Patrick Akpojotor’s debut solo exhibition titled, “If Walls Could Speak” at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos. This exhibition of 38 works reflects the broad range of Akpojotor’s skill as a multimedia artist as one is bound to encounter works of oil paintings, pencil sketches, seminal works in wood, and an installation of copper sculptures, which represent the artists’ exploration of our subconscious connections between identity and the built environment.

Akpojotor’s work captures the heart of traditional, colonial, and contemporary architecture scattered across the Lagos cityscape. He creates anthropomorphic buildings with distinct personalities and attitudes, exploring how the built environment influences our sense of identity. His brightly colored canvases and detailed pencil sketches portray surreal staircases, windows, and the walls of imagined spaces which personify emotionally complex characters. 

Akpojotor studied fine art at the Auchi Federal Polytechnic, and graphic design at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu. He was mentored by master artist Prof Bruce Onobrakpeya, working with him as a studio assistant and later as a facilitator at the bi-annual Harmattan Workshops. Akpojotor has received notable recognition and numerous awards including the first ART X Lagos Prize for emerging artists in 2016.

“If Walls Could Speak” will be on view until November 8, 2019.

See some of the works here.

Installation view, "If Walls Could Speak" (2019). Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art.
Installation view, “If Walls Could Speak” (2019). Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art

Patrick Akpojotor, "Self-Portraits: Impression of Place", 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art
Patrick Akpojotor, “Self-Portraits: Impression of Place”, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art

Patrick Akpojotor, "Street King", 2019, charcoal drawing on paper. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art
Patrick Akpojotor, “Street King”, 2019, charcoal drawing on paper. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art

"If Walls Could Speak" (2019) Installation View. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art
“If Walls Could Speak” (2019) Installation View. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art

Patrick Akpojotor, "Mind Scape", 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art
Patrick Akpojotor, “Mind Scape”, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art

Patrick Akpojotor, "Head", 2019, wood. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art
Patrick Akpojotor, “Head”, 2019, wood. Courtesy, SMO Contemporary Art

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