signed and dated September 1972 (lower right); editioned 8/15 and titled Nomorere (lower left); inscribed Deep Etching (lower centre)
61 by 45.5 cm., 24 by 18in.(image); 70 by 49.5cm., 27½ by 19½in.(sheet)
The top and bottom edges of the sheet exhibit areas of minor loss measuring approximately 20 by 10mm each. There appear to be various handling marks along the edges and to the corners. Artist pinholes to the corners of the work as well. There are scattered light surface marks in places within the cream border. Brown abrasion mark measuring 40mm within the upper border. The reverse of the work exhibits strips of old adhesive measuring approximately 150mm each to the centre of each edge. Handful of light wrinkles to the extremities of the sheet. The above excepting, the work appears to be in good condition.
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Estate of Robert Barley, UK
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Following his time in Zaria and having taken part in Ulli Beier’s print workshop in Ibadan in 1963, Onobrakpeya later led print masterclasses at the Mbari Club and in Osogbo. Over the next fifty years Onobrakpeya discovered, innovated and perfected several techniques both in printmaking and relief sculpture that are uniquely Nigerian, including bronzed lino relief, plastocast relief, plastograph, additive plastograph, metal foil deep etching, metal foil relief print and ivorex.
The title ‘Nomarere’ is taken from the words of a Benin dirge. It is an artwork about death and the journey to the next world. Though Onobrakpeya uses the Benin dirge, the artwork essentially deals with an Urhobo custom. The man being led at the head of the procession is the first son of a man who has just passed on. The funeral procession honours the son by carrying him in front of the procession. He is dressed in white to show his father had lived a good life.