World famous Nigerian artist featured at Campbell gallery

January 29, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Buies Creek-Said to infuse spiritualism and symbolism in powerful, yet lyrical expression, the works of Nigerian artist Tunde Afolayan have been exhibited around the world. Now Campbell University and the Harnett County Arts Council bring the artist's works to the region in the exhibition "Visual Rhythm," Feb. 3-16, in the E.P. Sauls Gallery of Campbell's Taylor-Bott-Rogers Fine Arts Center.

"Visual Rhythm" features recent paintings in the vibrant colors of Afolayan's native country, works that reportedly capture spontaneous energy in splashes, strokes and layers of paint. His themes reflect his African roots and aesthetics in contemporary style.

"I believe in fervor and visual metaphors," the artist said. "The use of traditional symbolism, expressive imageries and vibrant colors in my paintings are prominently emphasized to elicit profound aesthetic responses and evoke critical dialogues. However, the use of vibrant colors is more than just a visual feast, it is intended to elevate human experience to a higher level of spiritual harmony."

Afolayan is a graduate of the Yaba College of Technology or "Yaba School" in Lagos, Nigeria, and the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world and have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Nigeria, Europe and the United States. Funding for the exhibit is provided by the Harnett County Arts Council.

"Mr. Afolayan's use of color and shape is both emotional and musical with vibrating color interaction giving one a feast for the eyes," said Larkin Tysor, associate professor of art and chairman of the Exhibition Committee at Campbell. "This exhibition is part of the multi-cultural events being held on campus and around the county. We would like to thank the Harnett County Arts Council for making this possible at Campbell."

The E.P. Sauls Gallery is open from 9:30-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.

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