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Modern & Contemporary African Art

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Uzo Egonu
1931-1996
NIGERIAN
PICADILLY CIRCUS 
signed and dated 1969 (upper left)
oil on canvas 
81 by 111.5cm., 31¾ by 43¾in.
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展覽

London, Museum of London, Uzo Egonu's London, 23 September 2004-9 January 2005

出版

Olu Oguibe, Uzo Egonu: An African Artist in the West, Seattle, 1995, illustrated p. 121
Eddie Chambers, Black Artists in British Art: A History from 1950 to the Present, London, 2014, illustrated p. 59

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London played a principal role in the subject matter of Uzo Egonu’s work. Through his artwork, he depicted many facets of the city with particular focus on landmarks and monuments such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. Egonu’s work incorporates an arresting colour palette of vibrant, bold hues within a fusion of abstract, caricature and photo-realistic styles.

Piccadilly Circus sets a precedent for his later works in the ‘Landmark’ series, presenting London through both a humorous and emotional lens. The image depicts a central Eros statue, around which buses, advertisements and traffic swirl in red, white and blue. Egonu depicts a birds-eye view of the lively and restless city.

The Landmark Series was pivotal for Egonu. Uzo’s work harmoniously combines aesthetic traditions of both the West and Africa, reshaping the definition of Modernist art. Piccadilly Circus exemplifies these stylistic components and echoes the Cubist movement, Nigerian ornamentation and 1960s British pop-art, all of which greatly inspired Egonu's work.

Modern & Contemporary African Art

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