Dennis Osadebe

We Soaring, We Flying

95 x 127 cm
Digital and Acrylic on canvas
2019

Price available on request

Dennis Osadebe

Previous exhibitions and projects

Solo Exhibitions
 

  • Work. Life. Balance., Jumee Kim Gallery, Daejeon, South Korea, 2019
     

  • Portrait Of A Bright Generation, Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, France, 2019
     

  • A Stranger In My Home, The Other Art Fair by Saatchi Art, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2018
     

  • Remember The Future, Red Door Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria, 2017

Group Exhibitions  
 

  • A Spectacular Now (Duo Show with Evans Mbugua), Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya, 2019
     

  • Revealed, Gallery 88, Miami, Florida, 2018
     

  • Cu-ulture And Tradition: Same Experience Different Local, Koppel Project Hive, London, United Kingdom, 2018
     

  • POP-UP Galleries, Collab Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2018
     

  • Neue Welten, Reto Andri Gallery, Switzerland, 2018

  • ARTOJA, Art Twenty One, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, 2017
     

  • Lagos Living and Working, Heritage Place, Lagos, Nigeria, 2016
     

  • For the Love of Cars, Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria, 2016
     

  • Platform, Art Twenty One, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, 2015
     

  • The Art Pop Up Show, IAMISIGO showroom, Lagos, Nigeria, 2015
     

  • Rele Loves, Rele Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria, 2015
     

  • Culture Shock, Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, 2014

About the artist

 

Dennis Osadebe is a Nigerian mixed media artist, best known for his contemporary, vibrant post-pop style. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Management from Queen Mary University of London and then a Master of Science (MSc) from the University of Warwick, Coventry, majoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. An aspiring entrepreneur turned self taught artist, Dennis’ art has been featured in numerous contemporary art exhibitions since he relocated to Nigeria in 2013, collaborating with international brands such as Diesel and coining a new cultural movement which he calls ‘Neo-Africa’.



Sources of inspiration


Dennis draws inspiration for his work from the cultures and practices of Nigeria’s ethnic groups, technology and art history. These sources are central to his narrative of facial concealment - a recurring visual element in his work that binds his diverse characters together. He also draws inspiration from the eclectic influence of singer, songriter and entrepreneur, Kanye West.

 

Artistic intentions
 

Dennis uses a unique blend of digital processes to create canvases that are subsequently layered with acrylic paint. With his characteristic use of flattened planes and bold colour, Dennis creates what he refers to as a “neo” visual style that is “modern, bright, expressive and provocative.” This has allowed him to fortify his “Neo-Africa” movement, which aims to deconstruct the notion of African art and escape the expectations often projected onto contemporary artists emanating from the African continent.

Influence of Sounds

"Sounds and music are a great way for me to escape and get into the zone – that comes in handy when I am focusing on creating my artwork."



Going forward


“I am interested in working tirelessly to reshape the media and critic-driven narratives that currently mischaracterize the work of African artists that emanate from the continent.”