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Artyrama’s debut interactive gallery features Doherty, O’Nali, Nwadiogbu, others

Africa’s premier online gallery, Artyrama, has named Jess Castellote, renowned art critic and co-author of the recently-released book, Collecting Art: A Handbook, as a curator at its maiden experiential digital art gallery holding December 9 and 10 in Lagos.

The two-day event, scheduled to hold in highbrow Ikoyi, Lagos, will see the launch of a collection of contemporary African art by 10 emerging artists and is open to all art enthusiasts, from collectors to novices.

The highly anticipated exhibition will feature original works created by a new wave of pioneering urban artists from across the country that includes Dipo Doherty, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Tunde Alara, Ifedoyin Shotunde, Promise O’Nali, Ken Nwadiogbu, John Madu, Abba Makama, and Stacey Ravvero. Artyrama will also host its first offline digital gallery allowing guests to physically experience its colossal digital catalogue.

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“With exclusive original paintings and limited edition prints, the emerging artist theme has been explored in its broadest sense; the artists’ inspirations range from current day realities of living in Nigeria, nature, a re-imagined future and dreams,” Artyrama said in a statement publicizing the event. The Artyrama team will also have an art advisory clinic where interested guests can consult with them, talk through the artwork and share industry insight on investing in art, the statement said.

Speaking about the event, Castellote said, “The gallery is not a gallery in the traditional sense as it exists online, this pop-up will be the first of many Artyrama exhibitions where each exhibition and location is curated around a theme. “Every piece of artwork on display has a strong concept and technique, which creates beautiful visual pieces to be enjoyed by everyone. We have purposely selected a range of pieces for all budgets to encourage the existing and new enthusiasts to be at the forefront of the new movement of contemporary art.”

 

CHUKS OLUIGBO

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