Last Updated On October 29, 2020.
any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
If your ideal art space isn’t gigantic or crowded then I guess Afolabi Art Gallery is a perfect catch for you. It’s portable and about the size of small shop but it holds many artworks ranging from beadwork, metalwork, wood carvings and paintings.
After a cold experience at Genesis Art Gallery, my friend and I visited Mama Susanne Wenger’s House and Ataoja of Osogbo Palace before making a big stop by Afolabi Art Gallery on Station Road, Osogbo, Osun state.
“Can we have a look around,” I asked. The resident artist then gave a warm welcome before opening the doors to his newly renovated place.
It was squeaky clean up to the ceiling with a glaring white coating. Afolabi Art Gallery also had a unique scent of wood chippings.
Mr Ade (resident artist) actually received a great part of his training on wood carving from Mr Yinka Fabayo, founder of Genesis Art Gallery.
His woodwork, just like Mr Fabayo’s, features a characteristic and intertwined appearance and miniature wood carvings on display take a period of two months from start-to-finish and another one week for polishing.
All the artworks in the gallery are crafted by two brothers, Mr Ade and Mr Afolabi who is based in either America or the United kingdom, I’ve forgotten which.
Asides the miniature wood carvings, artworks on display like the beadwork are done by Mr Ade, a beadwork specialist. He collects his beads from local sources before using an adhesive known as “Aradite” and the pricing of each beadwork starts at three thousand Naira.
On the other hand, Mr Afolabi, a more experienced wood carver, has much bigger wood carvings in the gallery. And occasionally, some of his works are flown to foreign countries for exhibitions.
“any mistake in art is a design.” – Mr Ade
Afolabi Art Gallery is certainly an interesting place on Station Road and it could be a good break on your way to Susanne Wenger’s House or other destinations in the neighborhood.
Also, check out these few fantastic art spaces to inspire new ideas for your musings in South-Western Nigeria for many months to come…
- A GUIDE TO VISITING NIKE ART GALLERY AND CULTURAL CENTRE
- GENESIS ART GALLERY: WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE?!
- AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO VISITING NIKE ART GALLERY
- OSUN-OSOGBO GROVE: 10 MUST-READ TIPS FOR EVERYONE
- 13 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT GENESIS ART GALLERY
- VISITING OMIDIRAN ART GALLERY FOR THE FIRST TIME? HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- WHY IT’S ABSOLUTELY OKAY TO VISIT OMOLAYO ART GALLERY
Until next time, have a great week and stay healthy.
For more artsy stuff, check out a montage of my visit to some of the aforementioned art attractions below.
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