Bruce Onobrakpeya

Bruce Onobrakpeya

A printmaker, painter and sculptor, Bruce is one of Africa’s best known and most highly respected artists. He has been described as a ‘living legend’ who was ‘responsible for the renaissance in contemporary art in Nigeria’. With a career spanning several decades and many notable exhibitions at the Tate Modern Gallery, London, National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and Malmö Konsthall, Sweden to name a few. Bruce is a well renowned and established name in art circles around the world.

 

{tab=Biography}Bruce Onobrakpeya born in Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria in 1932, is one of African’s best known and most highly respected artists. A printmaker, painter and sculptor, he has been described as a ‘living legend’ who was ‘responsible for the renaissance in contemporary art in Nigeria’. In the early 1960s, during his studies at the Nigerian College of Science, Art & Technology, Zaria, he became a leading member of the ‘Zaria Rebels’ who changed the course of art in Nigeria towards a distinctly African aesthetic.Bruce Onobrakpeya has successfully synthesised the vitality of Africa’s great tradition with the convention and styles of modernity. He has fused his training in western techniques and materials with his own heritage, cultural experience and an inventiveness that is undeniably African. His colourful, stylized and heavily textured images borrow freely from tribal folklore, Christian iconography and ancestral rites – inviting comparisons with the writer Ben Okri, a magic realist who shares Onobrakpeya’s feel for the supernatural.

Onobrakpeya is not only known for provocative imagery but for innovative technique as well. He uses a wide range of printmaking techniques including those he has pioneered himself.

He is greatly documented and needs no introductions in art circles around the world. Bruce Onobrakpeya has dedicated his life to his oeuvre and is today regarded as one of the greatest in his field. Onobrakpeya is listed in International Who’s Who in Art and Antiques and is one of the foremost master printers of our time. His international status is the result of 40 years of creative activity, experimentation, scholarly exchanges and sheer passion for what he loves.

Now close to 75, Onobrakpeya grew up in the verdant southern Delta, studied fine arts in the northern city of Zaria and raised a family in cosmopolitan Lagos, where he still lives and works.

Among his many accomplishments, exhibitions and awards, here are a few notable ones:

  • Pope Paul VI Gold Medal for painting on the Life of Saint Paul
  • Major prestigious exhibitions around the world including UK, Canada, USA, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden (Malmö Konsthall 1979 & 1996)
  • Works in public collections include Vatican Museum, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, USA and Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden

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Full Name: BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA
Date of Birth: 30th August, 1932
Place of birth: Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigerian
Marital Status: Married to Victoria (Nee Quel), 3 Sons, and 2 Daughters

 


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Elementary & Secondary Schools, Ughelli, Sapele and Benin City 1941 – 1951
Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria, Nigeria 1957 – 1962
Diploma in Fine Arts (Dip. F.A.) Moderated by Goldsmiths College, London University.
Arts Teacher’s Certificate (ATC) Moderated by Institute of Education London University.

 


ACADEMIC CAREER

  • Arts Teacher, Western Boys’ High School, Benin City 1953 – 1956
  • Arts Teacher, Ondo Boy’s High School 1957
  • Printmaking workshops under Ru Van Rossen Organised by Ulli Beier in Mbari Artists & Writers Club, Ibadan; 1961
  • Mbari Mbayo, Oshogbo; 1963
  • Department of African Studies Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife 1973
  • Arts Teacher, St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos 1963 – 1980
  • Artists-in-Residence in Haystack Mountain of Art and Craft, Deer Isle, Maine, U.S.A. 1975
  • Artists-in-Residence (Associate Professor), Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina, U.S.A 1979
  • Artist-in-Residence, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan 1984
  • Artist-in-Resident, Tacoma Public School, Tacoma, Washington State, U.S.A. 1989, 1991
  • Artist-in-Residence, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • Artist-in-Residence, MOJA: An African American Arts Festival, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. 1991
  • Organized and participated in the 1st Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria. 1998
  • Organized and participated in the 2nd Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria. 1999
  • Organized and participated in the 3rd Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria. under the auspices of BOF (Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation) 2000
  • Organized and participated in the 4th Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria. under the auspices of BOF (Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation) 2002
  • Organized and participated in the 5th Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria. under the auspices of BOF (Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation) Theme: Interaction, Inspiration and Expression 2003
  • Organized and participated in the 6th Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria. under the auspices of BOF (Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation) Theme: Art is Installation…
    Installation is Art 2004
  • Artist – in – Residence University of South Carolina, Columbia. 2004
  • Organized and participated in the 7th Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria. under the auspices of BOF (Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation) Theme: “Ogwa” (Art and Architecture) 2005
  • Visitor and Guest Artist of UCLA Museum of Cultural History at Exhibition Ways of the Rivers: An Exhibition of Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta.

 


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

1959
First one-man exhibition, Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria.

1960
Group show of contemporary Nigerian art in the Independence Exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria

1962
Art From Africa, Phelp-Stokes Fund, New York, USA

1965
Commonwealth Exhibition of Art, Cardiff and London, UK

1967
Biennale of Illustrations, Bratislavia.

1967
Group show of nine Nigerian artists. Show toured London, Moscow and Warsaw.

1969
International Book Fair, Bologna, Italy

1970
St. Andrew’s School, Middletown, Delaware Howard University, Washington, D.C., USA

1971
Commonwealth Art Gallery, London, UK

1972
Gallery, Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
Newark State College, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Art Society of the International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C., USA

1973
Afro Centrum Gallery, Berlin, Germany
African Heritage Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

1974
Contemporary African Festival, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, and Museum of Natural History, New York, USA

1975
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Washington, D.C. USA. Sponsored by African-American, Women’s Association.

1976
Gallery of Litterio Calapai, Glencoe, Illinois, USA

1977
FESTAC ’77 Lagos, Nigeria

1977
The Best of Africa, Toronto, Canada
Saint Paul in Contemporary Art, Vatican Museum, Rome

1978
Tenth one-man exhibition at the Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria

1979
Participated in the Sixth International Print Biennale, Cartwright Hall, Lister Part, Bradford, England

1979
Held a one-man exhibition of prints in Amersfoort Holland. The show was arranged by Mrs. DeVries and sponsorship was by DHV of Lagos and Amersfoort. It was opened by Prof. Ru Van Rossem of Tilburg University.

1980
Held a one-man exhibition of prints (with emphasis on printing on metal foil) at the Best of Africa Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
One-man exhibition in Glatt Centrum, Zurich, Switzerland. It was sponsored by CIBAGEIGY and SGS.

1981 – ‘82
One-man exhibition of prints and paintings arranged by Galarie Glahe and opened by Nigerian Ambassador to Bonn H.E. Mohammed Lawal Rafindadi.

1982
Had a one-man exhibition of prints and paintings during the official opening of African Universities Press offices and Warehouse at the Oluyole Lay-out, Ibadan, Nigeria

1978 – ‘83
Held a one-man exhibition of prints and painting titled Sabbatical Experiments, co-sponsored by Goethe Institute (German Cultural Institute) NIJ House, Victoria Island, Lagos, and the Society of Nigerian Artists (Lagos State Branch). The guest of honour at the opening was Susanne Wenger from Oshogbo.

1984
Held a one-man exhibition titled Bruce Onobrakpeya: 25 years of creative search, at the Foyer and Courtyard of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Held a one-man show of plastograph, prints and plastocast relief paintings to mark the Netherlands/Belgium Week at Goethe Institute Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

1986
Exhibition titled Symbols of Ancestral Groves at the Whitney Young Centre (United States Information Service), Lagos, Nigeria

1988
Exhibition of Sahelian Masquerades, Italian Cultural Institute Lagos, Nigeria

1989
The Sahelian Masquerade was shown in:Kew Garden London, Greenwich Citizen Gallery, London, UK and Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington State, USA

1990
Participation in Group show titled African Contemporary Art-Changing Traditions, organized by studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA.
Participated in the 44th Venice Biennale, Italy
The Horns of Freedom, in honour of Wole Soyinka at his 50th birthday, National Museum Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria
Riegelsberger Gallery Mannheim, Germany. A show of recent art works sponsored by ABB (Asea Brown Boveri).
Unity Through Arts, National Museum Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria sponsored by Guinness (Nigeria) Limited.
Nigeria Images, Annual art show by Society of Nigerian Artists at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, Nigeria

1991
Rebirth, Onime Arts Gallery, Fatai Atere Way, Matori, Mushin, Lagos, Nigeria
Sahelian Masquerade, exhibition in National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Sahelian Masquerades, Gibbes Museum of Art Charleston, College of Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A; African American Gallery Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Zaria Art Society Exhibition: New Consciousness, ABU, Zaria, Nigeria

1992
Through the Sands of Time, Didi Musuem, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Bruce Onobrakpeya — A retrospective. One of the events which was organized by Society of Nigerian Artists to mark the artist’s 60th birthday at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria

1993
The Spirit in Ascent Exhibition accompanied with a 270-page monograph, a press conference and a symposium were sponsored by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited and launched by Chief Philip Asiodu, Hon. Secretary of Petroleum and National Resources at the NIIA Victoria Island, Lagos. The Society of Nigerian Artists was a co organizer of the events.
Participated in Grapholies – Abidjan Biennale ‘93, Ivory Coast

1994
Inaugural Group Show at the Pushkin Art and Antique Gallery Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

1995
Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa – Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK. One of the events of Britain’s global showcase Africa ’95.

1996
Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa – Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden. Ivorex Engravings including the Shrine II (Akporode) entered for the Seven Stories About Modern Art exhibited in London and Malmo.

1997
Exhibited Bruce Onobrakpeya Art works in Richard Singletary Collection, Partsmouth, U.S.A

1998
Wise Art Gallery, Norfolk State University, U.S.A. ;
Christine Gerlach Show, German Community, Abuja, Nigeria.

1999
Exhibition of prints and paintings Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.;
Promoter of Nigerian Art-Goethe Institute, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria,
Christine Gerlach Show, German Community, Abuja, Nigeria.
Organised and participated in the 1st and 2nd Harmattan Workshop Exhibition, Aina Onabolu House, National Gallery of Modern Art, National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, Nigeria. Sponsored by BOF (Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation).
Organised and participated in the Amos Tutuola Show – Folklore inspired art in Honour of the novelist – Aina Onabolu House,National Gallery of Art, National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, Nigeria

2000
Exhibition of paintings, prints sculptures, installations etc by Otu-Ewena Artists, Aina Onabolu, Building National Theatre Complex, Iganmu, Lagos, Nigeria. Sponsored by BOF (Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation).

2001
Participated in Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis – Tate Modern Gallery London, UK.

2002
3rd Harmattan workshop Exhibition, Aina Onabolu Building, National Theatre Complex, Iganmu, Lagos, Nigeria.
Exhibition of paintings, Sculpture Mixed Media prints ceramics and installations by Otu-Ewena Artists International, Aina Onabolu, Building National Theatre Complex, Iganmu, Lagos, Nigeria. Exhibition was in honour of Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya at 70.

Aug’02
Bruce Onobrakpeya : Window Into his Art: Retrospective Exhibition of selected works from various periods of his artistic career spanning 1957 to date, held at the National Gallery of Art , Aina Onabolu Building, National Theatre Complex, Iganmu, Lagos, Nigeria.
Participated in Exhibition organized by African Foundation for the Arts in conjunction with the Society of Nigerian Artists in honour of Tonie Emordi at Mmili- Mma Gallery Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Sept’02
Exhibition: RHYTHMS OF THE FORGE: A presentation of the fourth Harmattan Workshop Series (Agbarha Otor), at the French Cultural Center, Kingsway Road ,Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. The presentation comprised lectures demonstrations, seminar and exhibition of artworks selected from the four Harmattan Workshops so far held i.e. 1998,1999,2000 & 2002.
Exhibition: JEWELS OF THE CRUCIBLE: This exhibition presented works produced at the 4th Harmattan Workshop, showcasing recent developments in jewelry bronze casting, wood carving and several other media. Works of the Otu Ewena Artists International were also shown at the Nimbus art Center, Maitama Sule Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.

Oct’02
Participated in Exhibition: RHYTHMS OF FULFILMENT organized by Akwa Ibom Chapter of the Society of Nigerian Artists. Exhibition was in honour of Bruce Onobrakpeya at 70 and was opened by Governor Victor Obong Attah of Akwa Ibom State and featured the works of over 30 artists.

Nov’02
7th INTERNATIONAL GROUP SHOW AND ART FESTIVAL. This exhibition was organized by the Global Culture Center in collaboration with National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Enugu, Nigeria featuring several artists from all over the world including Japan.

2002
Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta: Showed Installation Akporode at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, California, USA. Exhibition expected to tour various cities in the U.S.

2004
Organised and participated in Art and Democracy Exhibition to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Delta State Government.
Harvest of the Harmattan Retreat at the Pan African University Ajah Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.

2004 – 2005
Where Gods and Mortals Meet; Continuity and Change in Urhobo Art. Museum for African Art, New York; U.S.A, Columbia University South Carolina U.S.A & Washington DC U.S.A.
Panel Exhibition of Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and change at NDCC (Niger Delta Cultural Centre Agbarha – Otor; National Museum of Antiquity and Monuments, Onikan, Lagos.

2006
modernafricanart exhibition at BTJ, Lund, Sweden
modernafricanart exhibition at Mäklarhuset Hellborg & Partners, Lund, Sweden

 


AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS

1958
Scholarship to Nigeria College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria to study Fine Art.

1959
Third Prize, Gottschalk Textile Competition NCAST, Zaria.

1967
Honourable mention for Children Book Illustration, Bratislava.

1969
British Council Award to visit London Art Institutions and Museums.

1970
Culture America – United State of America Travel Award.
U.S.A State Department Award to tour America on Programme America Culture.

1977
Pope Paul VI Gold Medal for Painting Life of St. Paul’s.

1979
Fulbright-Hays Award by America CIES (Council for International Exchange of Scholars).’

1982
Fifth Triennale – India Award of Silver Medal and Twenty Thousand Rupees.
Presented to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

1985
Certificate of Honour in recognition of distinguished services contributed to the
development of Nigerian Art by the Council of Management of Asele Institute, Nimo, Anambra State, Nigeria.
Solidra Circle of Lagos (Founded 1947) Award for having excelled in Printmaking and Deep Etching, Lagos.

1986
Mentioned in the Czekosovak encyclopedia,

1987
Travel grant by British Council to study and tour Britain,

1989
Appointed Board Member of Nigerian Copyright Council, Lagos, Nigeria.August.
SNA (Society of Nigerian Artists) award in recognition of contribution November,
Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters by the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, November,

1990
United State Information Service Travel Award to attend the opening of the exhibition of Contemporary African Art – Changing Traditions, The Studio Museum, New York, USA January.
Classique Magazine – Star Award of achievement for contribution immensely to society on Night of a Hundred Star.
Bendel State Merit Award — A Certificate of Merit and Gold Medal in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of Bendel State (Nigeria) a humanity in Arts and Culture

1991
Member of International Jury which adjudicated Zimbabwe Heritage ’.

1995
Delta State Government – Award for Excellence,.

1996
President Saddam Hussein Travel Award to visit artists, art institutions, cultural and historic place in Iraq.

1999
Award – Glimpses of Our Stars.
4th Annual Distinguished Lecture, National Gallery of Art,.

2002
Mentioned in The News Magazine’s “People in the News” – A survey of 100 outstanding Nigerians of the 20th century.
Outstanding Pioneer of Nigerian Art Award by the Fine Arts Students’ Association of the Obafemi Awolowo University.
MFR (Member of the Order of the Republic of Nigeria).

2003
Art Master Per Excellence award by the St. Gregory’s College Old Students Association, Ikoyi Lagos, Nigeria.
Merit Award in recognition of outstanding professional achievement by Urhobo Social Club, Lagos, Nigeria.

2004
Grand Fellow of Nigerian Art Award in recognition of achievements as the artists Teacher, Father, Mentor and founder of BOF and on who’s instance the biennial Harmattan workshop is held for the improvement of artists skills by Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) Akwa Ibom State Chapter

2005
Outstanding Art promoter Award in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Department, presented by Department of Fine Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Gold Service Award presented in Recognition of Meritorious Service to Community and National by Rotary Club International, District 9140, Uyo, Nigeria.

 


WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • University of Lagos Library, Akoka, Lagos.
  • Catholic Chapel, University of Ife, Ile-Ife
  • St. Paul’s Church, Ebute-Metta.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.
  • St. John the Evangelist Church, Shogunle, Ikeja.
  • Museum of African and African-American Art and Antiquities, Buffalo, New York.
  • Eda Lord Demarest Memorial African Art Collection, University of Redlands.
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Vatican Museum, Rome.
  • National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Hvittrask Suomi – Finland (Eliel Saarinen’s Studio Home and Exhibition)
  • Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.’
  • Leader of Victory Museum, Baghad, Iraq.
  • Nigerian Head of State Office (Aso Rock) Abuja Nigeria
  • Museum of Sketches, Lund, Sweden

 


MONOGRAPHS

  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA Published by Robert Barde, The Best of African (Nigeria’s Master Printmakers) Art Gallery, Canada, 1979
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: Published BY Oscar Kneubuehler, NGA Apapa Lagos and Dr. J.Waidvogel (CIBAGEIGY) AG Basel, 1980.
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA Sabbatical Experiments (1978 – 1983) with Introduction by Prof.Babatunde Lawal by Ovuomaroro Art Gallery, Lagos, 1983
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA 25 Years of Creative Search with Introduction by C.O. Adepegba,Ovuomaroro Gallery, Lagos, 1984
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA Symbols of Ancestral Groves with Introduction by Prof. Babatunde Lawal Ovuomaroro Gallery, Lagos, 1985.
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA Sahelian Masquerades, Ovuomaroro Gallery, Lagos, 1985.
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA Print Notes and Comments No. 8 (Portfolio of Contemporary Nigerian Print) Published by Ovuomaroro Gallery.
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA The Spirit in Ascent, Introduced by Dele Jegede, Ovuomaroro Gallery, Lagos.
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA Poems and Lithograph Lagos, 1992 (Print Notes and Comments No. 9) Ovuomaroro Gallery.
  • FORTY YEARS OF BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA Introduction by Simon Ikpakronyi
    IN CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ART Published by Ovuomaroro Gallery
    Lagos. 1999
  • RICHARD SINGLETARY Onobrakpeya, Ethnic, National and Modernistic Impulses. Published 2002.
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA Portfolio of Art and Literature Introduction by Pat Oyelola, Published by Ovuomaroro Gallery Lagos. 2003.

 


BOOKS WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA

  • ACHEBE, CHINUA No Longer At Ease, Heinemann, London 1961
  • BABALOLA, ADEBOYE Iwe Ede Yoruba, Apa Kini, Longmans of Nigeria 1961
  • EKWENSI, CYPRAIN An African Night’s Entertainment, AUP Lagos, 1962
  • EKWENSI, CYPRAIN Juju Rock, AUP Lagos.
  • HAEGER, BARBARA Africa: On Her Schedule is Written A Change AUP, Ibadan 1981
  • NIGERIAN EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE, 1969 May Your Kingdom Come, Geoffery Chamman, London
  • NWANKWO, NKEM Tales Out of School (Cover lustration) AUP, Ibadan.
  • NZEKWU, ONUORA AND Eze Goes to School (Cover Illustration),
  • CROWDER, MICHAEL AUP, Ibadan, 1986.
  • ONADIPE, KOLA Magic Land of the Shadows, AUP, Lagos, 1970
  • ONAPIDE, KOLA Sugar Girl, AUP, 1964.
  • T.N.O. QUACOOPNE West African Religion, AUP, Ibadan, 1969.
  • TAIWO OLADELE The Hunter And The Hen, AUP, Ibadan, 1969
  • SOYINKA AND FAGUNWA A Forest of a Thousand Demons, Nelson, London.
  • UWEMEDIMO, ROSEMARY Akpan and the Smugglers, AUP, Ibadan, 1965.

 


DESSERTATIONS AND SOME REFERENCE MATERIALS ON BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA

  • AIPOH, MARY ANNE U. Religious Themes in Bruce Onobrakpeya’s Works. An unpublished dissertation presented to the Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts,
    University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, as part of the fulfillment for the Degree B.A. (Fine Arts) 1983, 53 pages.
  • FULLANI, GIOVANNIE San Paolo Nell” Art Contemporanea (Musei Vaticani (1977) page 112,176
  • FALUADE, GBOLAHAN The Art of Bruce Onobrakpeya (Unpublished Essay submitted to the Department of Fine Arts in partial fulfillment for the award of B.A. (Fine Art)
    University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, June 1979) 59 pages.
  • FOSU, KOJO 20th Century Art of Africa, published by Gaskiya Corporations Ltd., Zaira, Nigeria.
  • JEGEDE, DELE Trends in Contemporary Nigerian Art, A Historical Analysis, unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University Press Bloomington and London 1973.
  • MOUNT, MARSHAL WARD African Art: The Year Since 1920, Indiana University Press, Bloominghton and London, 1973.
  • ODUFEJO, C.M. SUNDAY The Art of Bruce Onobrakpeya as I See it in 1975, (unpublished HND thesis, Yaba College of Technology), June, 1976, 88 pages.
  • OKEKE EZE, EMMANUEL Bruce Onobrakpeya – A Research into the Print Experiments of a Contemporary Nigerian Artist (unpublished Bachelor of Arts thesis, University of Nigeria, Nsukka), 1976, 92 pages.
  • OKEKE, UCHE Art in Development – A Nigerian Perspective published by the Documentation Centre, Asele Institute Nimo, Nigeria and African American Cultural Centre, Minneapolis, U.S.A. 1982, 91 pages.
  • EKPO UDO UDOMA Non-Naturalistic Representation in Contemporary Nigerian Paintings (A Study of Styles and Trends), an unpublished Master of Arts Dissertation, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1989.
  • OLAOSEBIKAN W.A Cultural and Creative Arts: A Source Book for Teachers, Evans Brothers (Nigeria Publishers) Ltd., Ibadan, pages 38, 60, 112, 116.
  • OYELOLA, PAT Every man’s Guide to Nigerian Art, Nigeria. Magazine special publication, Lagos, 1976
  • SIKPI, GREGORY KOFI History of Contemporary Nigerian Art (Unpublished Bachelor of Arts Degree thesis, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, July 1988)
  • WAHLMAN, MAUDE Contemporary African Art, Chicago, 1974
  • ROLF BROCKMANN, GERD HOTTER Szene Lago, Reise in Eine Afrikanische, Kultermetropole, Trickster Verlag 1994.
  • WALKER, JAMES The Black Experience in Canada, published by the
    Ontario Education Communications Authority, 1979, page 80.
  • WILLET, FRANK African Art, Thames and Hudson London, 1971.
  • VERNICE M. KELLY, Nigerian Artist: A who’s who and Bibliography, Published JANET L. STANLEY for the National Museum of African Art Branch Smithsonian Institution Libraries Washington, D.C. by Hans Zell London, 1993.
  • JANET L. STANLEY Arts of Africa – An Annotated Bibliography Volume I & II African Studies Association Press, Atlanta, 1992, 1993
  • JEAN KENNEDY New Currents, Ancient Rivers Contemporary African Artists in a Generation of Change, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.
  • CLEMENTINE DELISS Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa, published by White chapel Art Gallery, London, 1985.
  • HANS D’ ORVILLE Leadership for Africa, edited, 1995 (Editor)
  • DUNCAN CLARKE African Art, Random House, New York.
  • JOHN PICTON Image and Form (prints drawings and Sculpture from Southern Africa and Nigeria) School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) University of London 1997.
  • REVUE NOIRE Nigeria: African Contemporary Art, No. 30,1998. (Jean Loup Pivin) Editorial
  • JAMES SHOAF TURNER The Dictionary of Art, MacMillian Publishers Limited, 1996. (Editor).
  • NKIRU NZEGWU Contemporary Textures, Multidimensionality in Nigerian Art ISSA 1999.
  • CATHERINE KING Views of Difference: Different Views of Art Yale University Press, New Haven & London in association with The Open University 1999.
  • SIDNEY LITTLE FIELD KASFIR Contemporary African Art – Thames & Hudson London & New York 1999.
  • ISHOLA-LEMOMU, KUNLE Bruce Onobrakpeya 1990-2000 Unpublished Dissertation for the award of the Bachelor of Art Degree, Lagoke Akintola University,Ogbomosho 2001
  • PAMELA MC. CLUSKY And ROBERT FARIS THOMPSON Art from Africa-Long Steps
    Never Broke a Back Seattle Art Museum and Princeton University Press 2002
  • MARTHA G. ANDERSON And PHILIP M. PEEK Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta. UCLA Fowler Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles 2002.
  • PERKINS FOSS Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art, Published by Museum of African Art, New York. 2004
  • AGBARHA-OTOR 1998-1999 Published by Ovuomaroro Gallery Lagos. 1999
  • AGBARHA-OTOR 2000 3RD HARMATTAN WORKSHOP Published by Ovuomaroro Gallery Lagos. 2000
  • AGBARHA-OTOR 2002. Theme: Rhythm of the Forge, Published by 4TH HARMATTAN WORKSHOP Ovuomaroro Gallery Lagos. 2002.
  • AGBARHA-OTOR 2003 Theme: Interaction, Inspiration and Expression 5TH HARMATTAN WORKSHOP Published by Ovuomaroro Gallery Lagos. 2003.
  • AGBARHA-OTOR 2004. Theme: Art is Installation… Installation is Art. 6TH HARMATTAN WORKSHOP Published by Ovuomaroro Gallery Lagos. 2004

 


FILM

  • Nigerian Art-Kindreds Spirits – A production of Smithsonian World Washington, D.C.
  • The Magic of Nigeria, Produced by Delka/Polystar directed by Ola Balogun.
  • Art in Contemporary Africa “Recalling the Future” Produced and directed by Claudin Pommier of Art in Action Society (Vancouver, Canada) 2002.

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