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Iconic 1960s Art Pieces

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Iconic 1960s Art Pieces

Self Portrait by Ben Osawe

The Late 1950s and early 1960s witnessed in Nigeria art history the beginning of radical revolution in visual art. The periods witnessed a change of art style from ancient traditions as artists jettisoned western style realistic approach to execution of artwork. Here, BEATRICE ISOLA, highlights some interesting pieces from the era.


Title: Self Portrait

Artist: Ben Osawe (1937-2007)

Year:  1967

Medium: Pen on paper

Size: 50 x 37 cm. (19½x 14½ in.)

Market value: N 575,000


Ben Enwonwu

Ben Enwonwu

Title: African Dance Ensemble

Artist: Ben Enwonwu (1917-1994)

Year: 1960

Medium: Watercolour on paper

Size: 74 x 52 cm. (29 x 20½ in.)

Current Market Value: N 9, 200, 000



Demas Nwoko

Title: Senegalese Woman

Artist: Demas Nwoko (b. 1935)

Year: 1965

Medium: Gouache on paper

Size: 63½ x 48½ cm. (25 x 19 in.)



Solomon Wangboje

Title: Man, Mask and Myth I

Artist: Solomon Wangboje (1930-1998)

Year: 1964

Medium: Print (Edition 7 of 100)

Size: 27 x 33 cm. (10¾ x 13 in.)

Current market value: ₦ 200,000-275,000




Ben Enwonwu

Artist: Ben Enwonwu (1921-1994)

Title: Head Of Caroline

Medium: Fibre glass

Size: 33 cm. (without base), 49.5 cm. (with base)

Size: 13 in. (without base), 19½ in.(with base)

Current market value: ₦ 7,000,000-10,000,000


Ben Osawe

Ben Osawe

Title: Untitled

Artist: Ben Osawe (1931-2007)

Year: 1964

Medium: Pastel on paper

Size: 44 x 35 cm. (17¾ x 13¾ in.)

Current Market Value: ₦ 400,000-500,000



Jimoh Buraimoh


Artist: Jimoh Buraimoh (b. 1943)

Year: 1968

Medium: Bead on board

Size: 122 x 61cm. (48 x 24 in.)

Current Market Value: ₦ 800,000-1,000,000


Abayomi Barber

Abayomi Barber

Title: Sketch Of A Lady

Artist: Abayomi Barber (b.1934)

Year: 1963

Medium: Pastel on paper

Size: 42.5 x 30.5 cm. (163/8 x 12 in.)

Current Market Value: ₦ 450,000-600,000



Yusuf Grillo

Blue Hawker by Yusuf Grillo

Title: Hawker In Blue

Artist: Yusuf Grillo (b.1934)

Year: 1964

Medium: Oil on board

Size: 58 x 70 cm. (23 x 27 1/2 in.)



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