Victor Ehikhamenor (Nigerian, born 1970) Untitled

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Lot 7
Victor Ehikhamenor
(Nigerian, born 1970)
Untitled

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,200 - 7,800
Amended
Victor Ehikhamenor (Nigerian, born 1970)
Untitled
signed and dated 'victor/ ehikhamenor/ 15' (lower right)
perforated paper mounted on card
94.5 x 135cm (37 3/16 x 53 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • Victor Ehikhamenor was born in Udomi-Uwessan, a small village in Edo State, Nigeria. Raised as a Catholic, but engaged with the traditional rituals and ceremonies of his native region, Ehikhamenor's art reflects both these religious influences. He utilises Christian iconography and common shrine motifs, commenting that he "grew up between two worlds...it was complex for me".

    The artist works in a variety of media including charcoal, photography, acrylic and oil. His creative talent is not merely visual; Ehikhamenor is also a respected poet and writer. Raised in a community possessing a narrative culture centered around oral storytelling, the artist was introduced to his cultural history through the teachings of his mother and grandmother; a process of creative sharing that has remained intrinsic to his practice.

    Ehikhamenor hopes that his artworks will perform a similar role, he views his pieces as a way of sharing knowledge and truths with his community; "Art is for everybody" he said in a recent interview. However, he also claims that the process of making art is self-improving, almost spiritual:

    "It's like prayer. Although I can do conceptual, installation work, the whole process of art making, using your hands, is central."

    Bibliography
    L. Bolshaw, 'Victor Ehikhamenor: Shaped by memory and tribal tradition', in The Financial Times (27 March, 2015).

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the artwork is not 'untitled' as stated in the catalogue. The title is 'Prince Ekaladerhan Of The Ogiso Dynasty'.
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