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Nina Fabunmi http://www.ninafabunmi.com
He stands on a platform, shirt off , plugged into his music, sound waves buzzing around him. It seems that he may be ignored by those he surrounds himself with, but he is not bothered. He is zoned in a world of his own , where he is himself and needs not try to please anyone . He is in acceptance of who he is and enjoys being himself. Thus by being true to himself , he stands out and that’s the only way he can fit in.
Diversity is a thing of beauty , where many worlds converge and offer something new to the society. Never feel the need to blend in because it’s by standing out that you will make a difference.
This piece is “60×36” inches and is featured in my solo show faking place at Joyce Gordon Gallery, oakland. Please visit links below for more details
I made this painting in April 2011 when I was going through a very dark phase in my life. Coming to the realization that things weren’t the way I dreamt they would be , and the disappointment from someone I once thought I could love had finally cleared my eyes to see the reality of my situation. I needed to heal and I took to my canvas for this necessary step , for me to forge forth and make decisions that would eventually set me on the right track, the one that God had always intended for me.
I painted myself in red , it represents the anger that burnt within me. I was fuming. If only you could see my insides. Anger from all that I had invested in that relationship, all gone to waste. Anger from the watching the walls we tried to build all come crumbling down. I guess they were always shaking and they couldn’t take it anymore. I slowly receded into sadness, represented by the deep ultramarine blue. How would I face the world the next day, wear a smile and pretend that all is well like I had gotten used to doing even though I was crumbling inside. I felt a shame that wasn’t upon me to feel, I blamed myself even though I know I shouldn’t have. I took steps to recover , green is the color of new life, new hope. I got the strength I always needed to pursue my destiny and here I am today.
This painting is made of 3 separate canvases, all stitched together to form one piece. It is acrylic on canvas and hangs in on a prestigious wall of my largest art collections in Nigeria.
Today I remembered my father, he always told me that he liked how bold I was with colors and my strokes showed confidence. That statement has impacted my work a great deal. I pulled out this piece because I thought about what he said and I wanted to verify that . It also took me back to my time of reckoning. How I had to make the toughest decisions I have ever had to. My dad gave me his blessings , all the way. I felt his hands on me, nudging be to keep going. I still feel his presence, smiling down on me from heaven. I don’t think I will ever recover from his loss but I am constantly comforted by his aura.
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I am gonna make this my discussion about this piece interactive, so I am throwing this out to you all.
WHY DO YOU THINK I TITLED THIS ENGINEERING?
I met Jimmy Jean Louis at theBaldwin Hill Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles while exhiibiting at the Pan African Film Festival in 2012. I was star struck and froze at his sight . oMG! He was so cool, even came by my boot and hung out with me for a bit and in my utter excitement, I forgot to at least take a picture with him . So when I returned to San Francisco, I did a charcoal drawing of him. It’s a part of my drawing portfolio now. It would be an honor to have this hanging on his wall someday.
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I am totally in my element when I create a portrait piece that’s inspired by my African Roots. His name is Ethopian and he is the King of my heart.
I have adorned him with the ornaments of a Zulu warrior , immersed him in Adrinka West African symbols and made him the ruler of a tribe. I am giving him a taste of Africa , a land that he comes from but has never been to.
This is a work in progress. I will post the finished piece when I am done.
My show is still on, see details below
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Need I say more, this piece speaks for itself. After many nights of watching Django unchained, I couldn’t get the images of the enslaved out of my head. It haunted me, followed me everywhere I went and finally, I spilled it out on a 5ft x 40 inches canvas and after I painted it, I was afraid of what I had created. I truly began to understand the fact that artists are controlled by forces greater than themselves.
I am a medium for stories which need to me told. This is the migration story, it speaks of the bravery, torture an resilience of those who had to go through the middle passage.
Woman is like a treasure unto man, a measure of success, an affirmation of fulfillment in life. In Africa, a woman is often used to measure a man’s status in society. A woman adorned with precious jewels, pampered and clothed in the finest fabric would be a confirmation that her man was well to do.
In Christianity, God advises that a man love his wife like he (God) loves his church and in turn you will have her submission.
She will devote herself to you,mind body and soul.
Nudity is seen as humility in Art history and the Renaissance period.
This piece titled “to have and to hold” shows a bare African beauty, presenting herself on a platform to the man who has won her heart. She is his, to have and to hold.
‘To Have and To Hold’ , oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, is currently in my solo exhibition , March 6 – April 25th at the Joyce Gordon Gallery,406 14th Street, downtown Oakland. For more information please visit http://www.joycegordongallery.com and http://ninafabunmi.com
Presenting my most recently finished piece of art titled , “The Summer Place” . It’s so fresh… The paint is still wet. I may tweak it a bit if something draws my eye to any area that may need more work. What can I say, I found a place in San Francisco where summer never ends, even when it rains , how ironic.
It’s a 30×30 oil on canvas .
My solo show is on , the opening reception was a blast, thanks to all who could make it and thanks to all who intend to still make time to visit the gallery. It will be up till April 25th , I feel so lucky and blessed. For more on my work and my exhibition, please visit links below