Last Updated On October 19, 2020.
“Wetin una come do for here! You no see say di people no dey again? Oya bring money for di pictures!!!” The shabbily dressed tout said unapologetically.
My “Genesis art Gallery” Travelogue
In 2019, I stumbled upon Genesis Art Gallery, Station Road while surfing for interesting places to visit on my Google Maps and I thought it couldn’t be a bad place for starters, fact been that I had already been to the Main Gallery/Headquarters in Ote Efun.
You should know, this particular Art Gallery is presumed to be the first of its kind in the area. And at the time of my visit, there were only two other galleries (Afolabi Art Gallery and Nirep Centre for Art and Culture) in the same vicinity and being the ‘first’ could be a real big deal for the founder, Mr Yinka Fabayo.
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Getting there, what my friend, Steve and I noticed was the grand sculpture of a yoruba deity.
Also, balustrades and columns crafted from skillfully crafted wood carvings serenaded the premises.
It was nostalgic!
Even though the Gallery was now closed, Steve and I decided to make the best of the situation by snagging some photos with the deity. And that’s exactly when the shabbily dressed tout let loose a stream of bad words.
Whatever he said couldn’t move me because this fella (called himself Oloye) wasn’t up to half of one FRSC Officer (get the full gist) who interrogated me for taking photos at the Lagos-Ogun border.
Heck, after Steve got aware of the current situation, he resolved the misunderstanding and we didn’t spend a single dime!
LOL… surprisingly, Oloye was very instrumental in showing us other art galleries in the area.
13 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT GENESIS ART GALLERY
Here’s why you should visit either of the Genesis Art Galleries located in Osogbo, Osun state.
#1. You will Discover the origins of Genesis Art Gallery.
#2. The hq exhibit is the second largest Art Gallery in South Western Nigeria.
#3. Genesis Art Gallery is the Best Wood Carving Gallery in all of Osogbo.
#4. THis incredible institution showcases works of art from a couple of indigenous Nigerian artists.
#5. Just like Nike Art Gallery in Lagos, Genesis Art Gallery is one of the forerunners of Osogbo Arts and Culture.
#6. Genesis Art Gallery has an important history of beING the First Art Gallery on Station Road, Osogbo.
#7. The Headquarters is commissioned by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, former Executive Governor of Osun state and other esteemed figures.
#8. Genesis Art Gallery inventory is beautifully composed.
#9. The institution exhibits a large collection of artworks ranging from pencil sketches, batiks, metal sculptures, aluminium repousse, print making, paintings with mixed media, wood carvings and furniture.
#10. AN INTERESTING PAINTING TECHNIQUE KNOWN AS COLOUR SEPARATION IS featured in ONE OF ITS COLLECTIONS.
#11. Genesis Art Gallery has had exhibitions Across the world including United Kingdom, Brazil, Ghana, Germany and Equitoral Guniea.
#12. The Headquarters was built out of love and passion for African arts, culture and her people.
#13. You can sign up for wood carving classes and learn from the founder, Mr Yinka Fabayo.
There you have it friend!
My #13ReasonsWhy… if you have interest in exploring Nigerian Art in Southwestern Nigeria you should check out the following articles.
- AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO VISITING NIKE ART GALLERY OSOGBO
- GENESIS ART GALLERY: WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE?!
- OSUN-OSOGBO GROVE: 10 MUST-READ TIPS FOR EVERYONE
- A GUIDE TO VISITING NIKE ART GALLERY AND CULTURAL CENTRE LAGOS
Today, Genesis Art Gallery is recognized as one of the major tourist destinations in Osogbo – a town rich in artistic history and culture.
It has enjoyed an influx of locals and tourists who admire African Arts so if you ever find yourself in the “land of virtue” be sure you take a peek!
“Art is an experience not an object.” – Anonymous
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