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Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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London

Bruce Onobrakpeya
B.1932
EKPEVWE (THANKSGIVING DANCE)

Provenance

Acquired from the artist

Catalogue Note

Ekpevwe is a name from the Urhobo language meaning ‘Thanksgiving’. Onobrakpeya was born into the Urhobo people of the Delta-State, and often referenced cultural symbols in his works. The artist was a founding member of the Zaria Art Society which believed in the celebration of indigenous Nigerian cultures, as a central part of its art movement.

In the lower part of Ekpevwe, thirteen abstract figures are seen dancing in what the artist describes as 'expressing gratitude to God almighty for gifts of health, wealth, love, friendship, long life and children'. The background of Ekpevwe is a display of Ibiebe alphabets created by Onobrakpeya, which represent the musical sounds accompanying the dance.

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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London