Tuesday, May 18, 2010

(Social) Realism: Nigeria

Stanley Osaheni Agbontaen
Stanley Osaheni Agbontaen grew up on Benin City Edo state, South-south Nigeria. Stanley studied at The Creative Art Academy but before finishing his two year training, he gained admission to acquire a national diploma in General & Fine Art in Auchi Polytechnic. He stood out as one of the best sculpting students in his time, though to much surprise, he majored in painting. He had developed a strong passion for colors, and just seeing the colors of his works gave him inner joy & fulfillment. Agbontaen using a palette knife and oil paint achieves amazing action packed sceneries, similar to what Ghanian artists, Ablade Glover is known for.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin (http://gaelart.net/) to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to caoimhghin@yahoo.com.

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