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"Costume Ball" (2008) by Contemporary African artist Olu Amoda (Nigeria, b. 1959) is a dynamic sculpture in the round that stands as an exciting and highly detailed example of the artist's famous welded steel and found metal sculptures--typically of figures or animals. This unique sculpture measures 18 x 12 x 12 inches (45.70 x 30.50 x 30.50 cm), and is in excellent condition. This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity as issued by the gallery of the artist. Amoda works with what he finds, only deciding on the form of a new piece when he has gathered its component parts. He welds and assembles things such as discarded keys, nails and old locks into intricate sculpture and solid security doors designed to keep thieves out. He is interested in the former lives of the objects he uses and in the new meanings they take on when they are brought together.

Olu Amoda is a sculptor, a designer and a teacher from Nigeria. He makes work from materials salvaged from the scrapyards and streets of Lagos, taking his inspiration from daily life in the city. Olu Amoda Amoda was born 1959 in Okere, Warri, Delta State of Nigeria and obtained an HND in Sculpture from Auchi Polytechnic, Nigeria and an MFA (Sculpture) from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga. He is a faculty member in the sculpture department at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos since 1987, and has also maintained an active studio practice for over 25 years. He has been the subkect of numerous solo and group shows including the prestigious 2007 traveling exhibition "Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft", Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is in several collections including the Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA and has executed numerous public and private commissions in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. He is represented by Skoto Gallery, where he recently also had a major solo exhibition of his sculptures.

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Publication: "Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft" (another work by the artist) Edited by Laurie Britton Newell with essays by Glenn Adamson and Tanya Harrod.
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Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • The Artist. Present Collection, New York.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 12 in. (45.72 x 30.48 x 30.48 cm.)
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