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Thoughtful figurative paintings by Ekene Stanley Emecheta

A selection of reflective figurative paintings by Ekene Stanley Emecheta, a self-taught Nigerian artist that lives and works in Abuja. Her acrylic and oil on canvas portraits approach social and ethnic questions.

The artist’s oeuvre is characterised by a distinctive use of color and compositional technique and his iconography of figures drawn from both fantasy, history and his private world. Each canvas starts with the intentional elimination of the protagonist’s skin color, over which Emecheta frames the subject’s posture and characteristics. Diverting the attention away from the skin color, he draws our focus to the figure itself and its surroundings broadening the interpretation and inviting the viewer to become physically and emotionally invested in the subject’s story, almost revealing the aura of the person portrayed.

Ekene Stanley Emecheta

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