The Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency (AMQMA) held the first Art Exhibition ever in the history of Umuahia, Abia State.
The exhibition themed Strokes and Shades, a body of works by Abia born Adanna Odikwa; had over fifty artworks by the graduate of Fine and Applied Arts on display at the showroom of Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency (AMQMA), Factory road, Umuahia.
The exhibition, a collection of large and small paintings on hardboard combined with oil and acrylic colours in a manner Adanna describes as surrealistic.
She utilized simple figurative images and the “acrylic direct pour” method as a medium to communicate emotions.
In an exclusive chat with Niger Delta Connect, twenty-four years Adanna said:
“ My works take you on a reflective journey through the zeitgeist of our time and further explores aesthetically, the beauty of Africanism as well as uplifting its identity”.
According to Paul Cezanne, a work of art that did not begin in emotion is not art.
In the same vein, Adanna said each piece she creates is a constant search for the best way to attune her artistic voice to her environment as the challenge with any recreated moment is not to ridicule but to capture its importance, but ultimately the viewer is emotionally and intellectually engaged.
Adanna who originally wanted to become a medical doctor wasn’t very good in sciences; she revealed that she makes art because she wants to express herself, adding that if she isn’t distracted it would take her two days to finish a painting.
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Some of her works are fictional, while some others are easy to comprehend.
Adanna said she used oil colour and acrylic on the hardboard to achieve this piece titled “Anwụ ga a acha echi”.
August Meeting is a 36″ x 48″ painting, done with oil colour and acrylic on a canvas.
The piece depicts women dancing during the yearly August Meeting held in the South Eastern of Nigeria.
Placed in a 4ft by 3ft frame, this piece titled “Soro Soke” depicts the #EndSars protests where young people spoke up about Police brutality.
Adanna stated that she looks forward to a time when her paintings will be auctioned and the highest bidder will pay for them.
Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency (AMQMA) is the parent body responsible for driving the Made in Aba Campaign (MIAC) whilst also expanding existing markets and finding new ones for all goods produced in the state. The agency is also mandated to outline and enforce quality standardization of all goods made in the state.
The Director-General AMQMA, Sam Hart; took to his official Facebook page to reveal that over 50 of the artworks had been sold after the first day of the exhibition.
The exhibition which was held from 23rd November 2021 to 26th November 2021 attracted some highly placed personalities of Abia State; notably, The Wife of the Executive Governor of Abia State, Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu, the Abia State Head of Service, Sir Onyii Wamah and Dr Ngozi Ogbonna- Erondu, Acting Executive Secretary of the Abia Diaspora Commission.