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Osaretin Ighile (Nigerian, b.1965)
LOT ID: 82697
Deities, 2011

Steel, Rope on steel armatures
72 х 55 х 53 in. (182.88 x 139.7 x 134.62 cm.)
Signed, by the artist.
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"Deities"(2011) is a tour-de-force, museum level steel armature and rope sculpture by famed Contemporary African artist Osaretin Ighile (Nigeria, b. 1965). This work measures approx. 72 x 55 x 53 inches and is in excellent condition. In this abstracted figurative sculptural installation, the power and energy that the figures possess, as well as the space between and around them is palpable. The use of natural rope wrapped around steel armatures gives the visual impression of organic materials coming to life, possessed with an other-wordly power and pride, as underscored by the title.

Osaretin Ighile’s uses mundane materials such as rope, asphalt, burnt wood, cut-up plastic crates and metal to create his works. He is among a generation of artists who no longer view colonialism as a constant source of trauma, drawing on a profound understanding of his culture, his openness to the world and to diversity. By linking past and present in a visually cohesive context that simultaneously preserve an overall fluency, beauty and humor he encourages us to explore possibilities of how to understand the world, how to contemplate the world and how to express the world.

Osaretin Ighile was born 1965 in Benin City, Nigeria. He studied sculpture, painting and performance at Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi (1987), and at the University of Benin (1990), in Nigeria before leaving for the US in early 1990s. He obtained his MFA (Sculpture) at Queens College, New York in 2011. Exhibitions include Treasure House, Lagos, 1986; The Burden of an Era, NYC, 2005, Dakar Biennial, Dakar, Senegal, 2008; Africa Now, World Bank, Washington DC, 2009. He is in several private and public collections in the US and abroad including Blachere Foundation, Apt, France, Treasure House, Lagos; French Embassy, Lagos, Nigeria.
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