Twins Seven-Seven: Legacy of the Oshogbo Master

November 10, 2011 to February 5, 2012

Indigo Arts presents a memorial exhibition of the work of the late Nigerian master, Prince Twins Seven-Seven (1944 – 2011), one of the leading members of the Oshogbo art movement that arose in the newly independent nation in the early 1960s. He was the most celebrated African artist of his generation.

Twins Seven-Seven spent much of the last 15 years of his life living and working in Philadelphia. In 2005 he was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in an award ceremony in Paris. His work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and other major international collections. In 2010 he was the subject of an exhaustive monograph and biography, Prince Twins Seven-Seven: His Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America, by Henry Glassie. A talented musician, he continued to perform throughout his career. Several of his early recordings have recently been reissued.

The exhibition also includes a selection of work by contemporaries and younger Nigerian artists who were influenced and inspired by Twins Seven-Seven. They include contemporaries, such as the late Asiru Olatunde, who hammered relief paintings out of copper and aluminum sheet, and artist Yinka Adeyemi, who works in two other characteristic Oshogbo media, batik on paper and mosaic-like bead paintings. Artists of the next generation include Tunde Odunlade, Phillip Olufemi Babarinlo, Rahmon Olugunna, Ademola Oyelami, and Toyin Folorunso, a grandson of Asiru Olatunde. Selections from the exhibit follow. Many more works can be seen on the pages for Twins Seven Seven and each other individual artist.

Tunde Odunlade, Oshogbo, Nigeria

Family Setting

SKU: odun-2

2006
Floatograph - marbleizing, batik & ink on rice paper
(19 1/2" h x 25 1/4"w)

$750
Tunde Odunlade, Oshogbo, Nigeria

Labyrinth

SKU: Odun-5

2005
Floatograph - marbleizing, batik & ink on rice paper
(23 3/4" h x 16 3/4"w)

$750
The Great Cause Will of Destiny

The Great Cause Will of Destiny

SKU: BSOP-1202

1997
Mixed media on plywood
(12" h x 24"w)

Price Reduced to $600
A Couple Farmer

A Couple Farmer

SKU: BSOP-1201

A Couple Farmer
Bashiru Opabola, Oshogbo, Nigeria
1997
Mixed media on plywood
(12" h x 24"w)

$600
Faces II

Faces II

SKU: AOY-1507

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2014
Ink batik on rice paper.
18" x 25"

$475
The Seated Birds

The Seated Birds

SKU: AOY-1502

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2012
Ink batik on rice paper.
23" x 17 1/4"

$475
The Beauty in Me II

The Beauty in Me II

SKU: AOY-1503

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2015
Ink batik on rice paper.
25 1/4" x 17 1/2"

$475
Fishes

Fishes

SKU: AOY-1504

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2014
Ink batik on rice paper.
17 3/4" x 25"

$475
Lovers

Lovers

SKU: AOY-1505

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2014
Ink batik on rice paper.
18" x 25"

$475
Beyond the City

Beyond the City

SKU: AOY-1506

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2013
Ink batik on rice paper.
17 1/2" x 25"

$475
Twins Seven-Seven

Baby Naming Ceremony

SKU: Twin-55

Digital pigment print of 1990 original painting.
(Epson 9800 Ultrachrome K3 Pigment Print on "English 14" Cold Press Art Paper)
(Image size 14 3/4" h. x 15 1/4"w., Sheet size 19" x 19")
Edition of 50, five copies signed and numbered by the artist, 2010

$450
Twins Seven-Seven

The Blessed Family

SKU: Twin-56

Digital pigment print of 2006 original painting.
(Epson 9800 Ultrachrome K3 Pigment Print on "English 14" Cold Press Art Paper)
(Image size 17" h. x 13"w., Sheet size 22 3/4" x 17")
Edition of 50, five copies signed and numbered by the artist, 2010

$450
Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

SKU: TF-1505

2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h x 20"w)

Some details may vary.

$425
Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

SKU: TF-1507

Toyin Folorunso, Oshogbo, Nigeria
2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/8" h x 16"w)
Exact details may vary.

$425
The Animal Kingdom #5

The Animal Kingdom #5

SKU: TF-1506

2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 1/2" h x 20" w)

$425