Hooks-Epstein Galleries presents Kingsley Onyeiwu: From East Nigeria: 19th Century A.D. opening reception
Hooks-Epstein Galleries will present the first solo gallery exhibition for Kingsley Onyeiwu. Onyeiwu’s exhibition, From East Nigeria: 19th Century A.D. unites his love of portraiture with his heritage. He grew up in the city of Lagos, Nigeria surrounded by the knowledge and culture of his tribe, the Igbo. His current work deals with the fact that portraiture is not only a mere representation of an individual, but how it also contains a profound concept that relates his cultural identity to the public.
In the exhibition, Kingsley approaches his work by seeking a connection which addresses the richness of his cultural knowledge and its impact on people’s lives. This connection can be used to address a variety of issues facing the community, giving each person a unique story and identity to share with the world. His aesthetic has evolved from rendering simple portraits to incorporating symbolic details and embedding cultural context into his drawings.
At the opening reception, an artist talk will take place at 4 pm, followed by the reception from 5-8 pm. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through August 13.