Kia partners Arthouse Contemporary to bring yet again one of the best creative exhibitions of the works of art of the celebrated painter and mixed media artist, Diseye Tantua in the on-going S’Art solo exhibition. The solo exhibition brings together the works of both Tantua and master artist and architect Demas Nwoko as it sets to attract the teeming enthusiasts of creativity and ingenuity from all works of life to the Kia Showroom in Victoria Island Lagos.
The exhibition titled S’Art was coined from the past tense of the word ‘sit’ chronicling the influence of Nwoko’s chairs on the Tantua, as well as celebrating the life and works of Demas Nwoko at 81. Best known for his iconic style of “Afro Pop Art,” Tantua’s combination of graphic symbols, bold colours and expressive text is adjudged one of the most creative works of art in this part of the world. His drawings are based on traditional proverbs that are made popular by headboards and bumper stickers on buses, taxis, tricycles and street signs. Tantua focuses on social groups in urban spaces around the city, often depicting forms of transit and movement.
It will be recalled that Kia has over the years partnered Arthouse to present a meld of beautifully designed cars and astonishingly curated works of art that make its showroom a destination for collectors and enthusiasts of not just cars, but also modern art and design. In this exhibition, Tantua is showcasing his recent three-dimensional objects, forming the subject matter of his paintings in the round. Using vintage cars, among them his father’s classic cars, Tantua has created chairs, couches, and tables that have been welded and painted to breathe new life into the salvaged car parts.
‘’This exhibition charts a new chapter in the artist’s practice as he extends his work in painting and experiments with furniture and functional sculpture’’ stated by Kavita
Chellaram, the CEO of Arthouse Contemporary. Commenting on the synergy between Tantua and Nwoko, Kavita said “the powerful collaboration brings together two generations of artists in dialogue with each other, reflecting how contemporary art is shaped by its modern predecessors and its continuing relevance today.”
One of the facets of Kia Motors Nigeria business operations that really differentiate it from other industry players is the adjoining synergy between the aesthetics of its car designs and partnering with Arthouse to host exhibitions of contemporary artworks curated by Africa’s widely renowned and seasoned artists. “Our partnership with Arthouse contemporary in the affordable art is an extension of an appreciable passion for creativity,” explains Sandeep Malhotra, Chief Commercial Officer, Kia Motors Nigeria. And that birthed the partnership with Arthouse contemporary to constantly bring to the fore a collection of art that appeals to emotions and stirs passion.
The art exhibition kicked off on the 22nd of April and will run until Saturday, the 6th of May at the Kia Showroom on the highbrow Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The exhibition promises to present alluring artworks to the public.