This premium art gallery is situated along Elegushi Beach Road, Lekki, Lagos. The owner, Chief (Mrs) Oyenike Monica Davies-Okadaye intends to promote and preserve art, culture, heritage and language in Nigeria, hence, the existence of the centre.
There are other branches of the art gallery in Osun, Kogi and Abuja. It is one of the top places you should visit in Lagos especially if you’re an art curator.
Coated in white on the exterior with an interesting front façade, it features over 7000 artworks including drawings, paintings, carvings, textiles, fabrics, batiks, metalwork, sculptures and moulded statues done by famous Nigerian artists.
The 4-story building is the largest art gallery in West Africa, there are no entry fees and it opens from 10am-6pm daily.
On entry, you are welcomed to the air conditioned white cladded gallery by a tour guide, she shows you around while telling the background story of the works; they are hung on the walls, beams, columns and some rest on the floor.
Altogether, the interior provides a warm, peaceful and tranquil environment for art admirers.
Partners, family, friends and loved ones can make Nike Art Gallery their ideal destination. Each art piece is unique, they take time to create, sometimes months and if properly investigated many artists do art for fun, others get inspiration from traumatic or life-changing experiences, while some try to tell a story and change the world using different mediums.
In the gallery, asides craft from new contemporary artists, works from the greats like Nike Arts (owner), Twin Seven Seven, Jimoh Braimoh are displayed. They are reasonably priced and can be bought with souvenirs from a few thousands to millions of Naira.
If you’ve got few bucks, you could get that piece that will change the image of your office space or living room by adding a classy-touch.
Art itself is beautiful.
An atrium cuts through upper floors, reminding you of the works previously seen while painting a strikingly diverse picture that shows when you change levels.
Some columns covered in reflective glass add a bit of playfulness to the interior.
The perfect background, style, lighting and ambience make the gallery a really good place to clear your head after a long week.
A visit to Nike Arts Gallery and Cultural Centre will hardly be forgotten, with their endless inventory each trip should be different from the last.