The Brick Lane Gallery
216 Brick Lane
3rd October to 6th October, 2019
From 3rd – 6th October, 2019, The Brick Lane Gallery, East London will present Contemporealism, an exhibition of hyperrealistic works of art by Ken Nwadiogbu. Featuring over 25 original works of charcoal and acrylic on canvas and his first limited edition print release, the show marks the first solo exhibition by the fast rising Nigerian artist.
Nwadiogbu documents, evaluates, interrogates and challenges socio-political structures and issues with the aim of giving a voice to the voiceless –speaking on behalf of those who cannot be heard. As a result of his art activism, Nwadiogbu creates realistic imagery and employs elements of contemporary art to create illusion of form and space to tackle these issues he sees and experiences in his home country.
Working primarily with charcoal, acrylic and collage, the artist’s work trigger an intense emotional connection with viewers. Conceptualized by his desire to create social change, he debuts new body of work in Contemporealism and re-enforces the ills within the African society, while inviting viewers to ponder and question commonly accepted socio-political norms and structures.
Speaking on the show, Nwadiogbu said: “This show is to introduce my pioneered style CONTEMPOREALISM, and present over 5 years of art practice for me. The viewers can hope to encounter rushes of emotions sparked by the storytelling in each piece.”
By creating hyperrealistic drawings that address African issues, Nwadiogbu is able to firmly situate and make more visible Africans and even those in diaspora, within the context of broader issues affecting their day to day lives. Through each work, he able to engage with his viewers while changing narratives one piece at a time.
Born in 1994, Ken Nwadiogbu, popularly known as KenArt, is a Nigerian multidisciplinary artist and the pioneer of ‘Contemporealism’ –a fusion that is primarily centered on Hyper-Realism and Contemporary art.
Inspired by his desire to change his society and the way people think, Nwadiogbu’s art explores nagging issues like gender equality, African cultures, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
The artist has featured in local and international group exhibitions and fairs including Art X, Insanity, It’s not Furniture, Finding your Identity, Artyrama Art Exhibition, Empowerment Exhibition, Generation Y, Moniker Art Fair, Afriuture, LAX-SFO, In the Making, LAX-MSY and so on.