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VICTOR EKPUK “Drawing Memory : Essence of Memphis” at Brooks Museum

18 May

Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis

Currently On View

Exhibition Overview

Victor Ekpuk, a Nigerian American artist, painted a mural for a new gallery, Arts of Global Africa, in March 2017. His art is inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria. Evolving out of the graphic and writing systems of nsibidi, Ekpuk’s art embraces a wider spectrum of meaning to communicate universal themes.

“The subject matter of my work deals with the human condition explained through themes that are both universal and specific: family, gender, politics, culture and identity,” said Ekpuk.

The 58-foot mural is the beginning of the renovation of Arts of Global Africa, which will culminate in fall 2017.

“We are thrilled to be reinstalling the African Gallery with Drawing Memory as the centerpiece. Victor has been an artist in residence at museums across the country and visitors have been inspired and deeply moved by watching him work,” said Chief Curator Marina Pacini.

Ekpuk’s artworks are in such collections as the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, Newark Museum, The World Bank, Hood Museum, Krannert Art Museum, United States Art in Embassies Art Collection and Fidelity Investment Art Collection.

 


Sponsors

Jimmy Humphreys
Brooks Museum League


 

VICTOR EKPUK’s solo “Hip Sistas in Flux : The Visual – Lingual Braid” in Washington Post

16 May
May 15 at 1:13 PM
Victor Ekpuk

Writing and painting merge in the art of Victor Ekpuk, whose bold work employs symbols from Nsibidi, a West African ideographic system. This is a familiar aspect of the Nigeria-born Washingtonian’s style, but in Morton Fine Art’s “Hip Sistas in Flux: The Visual-Lingual Braid” the text represents both contemporary modes and cultural heritage. The glyphs decorate bodies as well as backgrounds, suggesting African-inspired fabrics but also jewelry and piercings, tattoos and scarification.
Ekpuk often uses a dense field of black-on-white symbols to frame a person or object that’s in color. Of these archetypal portraits, however, only “Asian Uboikpa (Hip Sista) Series #6” is rendered in black, and it’s garnished with red and blue dots at the center. The other paintings are even brighter, often outlining a woman’s head and torso in a lighter hue than the backdrop. Sista #11, for example, uses thickly applied yellow atop a green and blue matrix. The vivid colors suit the primal images; these female exemplars are nothing if not robust.

Victor Ekpuk — Hip Sistas in Flux: The Visual-Lingual Braid On view through May 21 at Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave. NW. 202-628-2787. http://www.mortonfineart.com.

Artwork in VICTOR EKPUK’s solo “Hip Sistas in Flux : The Visual-Lingual Braid” at Morton Fine Art

30 Apr

Sneak preview of artwork from Nigerian born artist VICTOR EKPUK’s solo exhibition “Hip Sistas in Flux : The Visual-Lingual Braid”, opening Friday May 1st at Morton Fine Art.

Where?

Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th & U Sts), Washington, DC 20009

(202) 628-2787, mortonfineart@gmail.com, http://www.mortonfineart.com *Contact the gallery for available artworks*

When?

Friday, May 1st, 2015 from 6pm – 8pm

The artist will be in attendance.

All images copyright of the artist, Victor Ekpuk.

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“Auto-Graphics : Works by VICTOR EKPUK” at Hood Museum, Dartmouth

31 Mar

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Spring will bring variety of arts events to the College

From the visually-engaging and thought-provoking exhibitions at the Hood Museum of Art to the enchanting melodies performed by student ensembles and unique performances that will be shown at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the 2015 spring arts season is primed to be another term full of celebration for music, film, dance and the visual arts.

Aside from the ongoing events for the current exhibitions such as “About Face: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art,” which is on display through August 30, the Hood Museum of Art will open three new exhibitions in April.

“Water Ways: Tension and Flow,” which will open on April 4, will feature more than 24 landscape and portraiture photographs depicting the delicate balance between water’s effect on human life and vice versa. Although most of the works in the exhibition are drawn from the Hood’s permanent collection, the audience will be able to see these works in a new light as they all provide commentary about different aspects of water’s significance for sustaining life. While many of the photographs are from the 20th and 21st centuries, “Water Ways” will also include depictions by Roman and Egyptian artists in conjunction with the Nile Project— a group of musicians, educators and activists who are set to perform a blend of African and Arab music on April 17 in Spaulding Auditorium as a part of the group’s residency from April 13-18. The exhibition will also include the screening of the documentary “Watermark” (2013) on May 20.

Two exhibitions, “Auto-Graphics: Works by Victor Ekpuk” and “Ukara: Ritual Cloth of the Ekpe Secret Society,” will open at the Hood on April 18. “Auto-Graphics” will combine several works by Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk, including his graphic and pastel print Composition No. 13 (Sante Fe Suite) (2013), which features Ekpuk’s characteristic use of nsibidi, a Nigerian writing form of the Ekpe people. On April 24, Ekpuk himself will give a lecture titled, “Excavating Memories” to share how his cultural and social experiences influences his art.

Hood Museum head of publishing and communications Nils Nadeau said that Ekpuk will create a large-scale drawing in the second-floor galleries, in tandem with the exhibition that is devoted to his recent work, beginning on April 20.

“Anyone can stop in and witness his progress live as he creates a new wall drawing,” Nadeau said.

The exhibition focused on ukara, a traditional cloth that represents the prestige of the Ekpe society, will also explore African culture through the ukaras’ designs and use. Each ukara includes a specific pattern and dye, as well as nsibidi symbols to convey a deeper meaning for the owner. Many of the ukaras featured in the exhibition were given by Eli Bentor, an art history professor at Appalachian State University, who will be leading a panel discussion about the collection on May 15.

To read the article in full, please visit: http://thedartmouth.com/2015/03/29/spring-will-bring-variety-of-arts-events-to-the-college/

Contact Morton Fine Art for available artwork by VICTOR EKPUK.

(202) 628-2787

mortonfineart@gmail.com

http://www.mortonfineart.com

Victor Ekpuk, Composition 7, 50"x50", pastel and graphite on paper

Victor Ekpuk, Composition 7, 50″x50″, pastel and graphite on paper

Contemporary African Artists and the Pan-African Imaginary: Skunder Boghossian, Kwabena Ampofo-Anti, and Victor Ekpuk

10 Jun

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Congratulations to Morton Fine Art artist VICTOR EKPUK!

Contemporary African Artists and the Pan-African Imaginary: Skunder Boghossian, Kwabena Ampofo-Anti, and Victor Ekpuk

The three artists discussed in this essay represent three generations of artists whose work exemplifies the accomplishments of African modernism and its enduring legacies as well as the complex conceptual, cultural, political, and ideological resources that constituted and continue to frame the twentieth-and twenty-first-century Pan-African artistic imaginary. Their work provides us the opportunity to measure and appreciate the various strategies developed by postcolonial African artists to define themselves as artistic subjects in an age of intense globalization, migration, and mobility of ideas and material cultures within and beyond ethnic, national, continental, and racial boundaries. Examined within this framework, the art of Boghossian, Ampofo-Anti, and Ekpuk tells us that Africa remains for its artists a site of powerful imaginaries, a historical place to which they are bound by ancestry, and an idea that elicits powerful aesthetic and symbolic action.
-Chika Okeke-Agulu

http://nka.dukejournals.org/content/2013/33/56.full.pdf+html

Contact MORTON FINE ART for available artwork by VICTOR EKPUK.

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(202) 628-2787

 

Join MFA & its mobile art gallery *a pop-up project for “FAIR FOCUS” exhibition in Bethesda

9 Apr

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FAIR FOCUS

A group exhibition of artwork by artists MAYA FREELON ASANTE, OSI AUDU, KESHA BRUCE, ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY, NATHANIEL DONNETT, VICTOR EKPUK, KATHERINE HATTAM, WILLIAM MACKINNON, JULIA FERNANDEZ-POL and VONN SUMNER

 

April 4th, 2013 – April 27th, 2013

 

EXHIBITION LOCATION

Gallery B

7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E

(across from The Original Pancake House)

Bethesda, MD 20814

 

HOURS

Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Friday, April 12th from 6pm-9pm

*in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk

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Morton Fine Art and its mobile fine art gallery, *a pop-up project, are pleased to present an exciting exhibition of work by artists MAYA FREELON ASANTE, OSI AUDU, KESHA BRUCE, ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY, NATHANIEL DONNETT, VICTOR EKPUK, KATHERINE HATTAM, WILLIAM MACKINNON, JULIA FERNANDEZ-POL and VONN SUMNER.

The exhibition will be on display from April 4th, 2013 through April 27th, 2013. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 12th from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Several featured artists will be in attendance.

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About FAIR FOCUS:

Morton Fine Art and its mobile gallery, *a pop-up project, bring “home” our national fine art fair booth to our regional DMV collectors.

 

The exhibition displays substantive, museum quality contemporary artwork promoted in MFA’s booths in national fairs including Houston Fine Art Fair (HFAF), Aqua Art Miami and Art Hamptons.
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VICTOR EKPUK – The Symbolism of Nsibidi

3 Apr

The Symbolism of Nsibidi

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Article Published: Mar. 28 | Modified: Mar. 29

The Symbolism of NsibidiArtist Victor Ekpuk stands before one of his works, ‘Composition #1.’ Ekpuk will present a live drawing performance at ASU’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone April 3 and 4. Image courtesy of Victor Ekpuk

“Nsibidi” is the philosophy where sign systems are used to  convey ideas. Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk uses symbols from the traditional African  writing system, such as nsibidi, along with designs he coins and others he’s gathered from the world  around him to create his artwork.
The script that results from this is meant to create a  feeling and understanding of the human experience. One symbol in a painting or drawing can represent  a concept and make a statement; many symbols can form a narrative about life in the contemporary  world.
Ekpuk will be holding a two-day drawing performance in the Turchin Center for the  Visual Arts’ Mayer Gallery April 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a break between 12:30 and  1:30 p.m. All visitors are welcome to stop by anytime during these hours to watch him in the  gallery.
His exhibition, “Drawing Memories,” opens at the Turchin Center on April 5 during the Spring Exhibition Celebration being held from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information on the opening, visit http://www.tcva.org/calendar/events/826.

About Victor Ekpuk

Ekpuk holds  a BFA from the University of Ife in Nigeria and was an illustrator for several years at a major  Nigerian newspaper.

While he began with an exploration of “traditional symbols,” his work  has evolved to embrace a wider spectrum of meaning that is equally rooted in African and global  contemporary art. The subject matter of Ekpuk’s art deals with the human condition explained through  themes that are both universal and specific: family, gender, politics, culture and  identity.

His works have been featured at the first Johannesburg Biennale in South Africa;  Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.; New Museum in New York;  Newark Museum, New Jersey; Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco; Barbican Gallery, London; Fowler  Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles; and the World Bank, Washington, D.C., among others.

Currently,  Ekpuk works from his studio in Washington, D.C., and some of his artworks are in the collection of  the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Newark Museum, the World Bank and private  collections.