Artist of the moment…….Lamidi Fakeye

 

 

In addition to checking out the Shona art movement of Zimbabwe and the surrounding area, lets take a look at another ethnic group of people called the Yoruba. The Yoruba can be found in Nigeria and Benin, in the Western area of the continent of Africa.

Lamidi Fakeye was an internationally collected and possible the most famous artist in Africa during his lifetime. Lamidi Fakeye was born in Orangun,  Nigeria in the year 1928. Fakeye was renown for his sculptures and carvings of people and religious themes.

In 2010 a documentary was completed about Lamidi Fakeye. Here a quick trailer for the movie including many works of art:

Fakeye comes from a long line of artists. Like the Ashevak’s of the Inuit, the Wyeths of the United States, of the Nyanhongo’s of Zimbabwe, Fakeye’s family is renown for the artistic ability and Lamidi was a fifth generation artist.

The artist was apprenticed to a master artist named George Arowoogun.

Lamidi Fakeye passed away on Christmas Day of 2009.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view the artist at work and view some already completed carvings:

If you are in Washington D.C. be sure and visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and see the doors on the African Room which were carved by Lamidi Fakeye.

A very interesting note is that much of Fakeye’s work had to do with Christian art and religious themes. Fakeye’s work was in huge demand for church doors and panels. Fakeye had a great knowledge of this subject even though he himself was a Muslim.

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