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.

David Osevwe, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Osev-1

2000
Glass beads on plywood, w/ frame
(13" h x 25"w)

$1,200
David Osevwe, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Osev-3

2012
Glass beads on plywood
(23 3/4" h x 12"w)

$1,200
A Couple Farmer
SKU: BSOP-1201

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

$750
Tunde Odunlade, Oshogbo, Nigeria
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
SKU: Odun-5

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

$750
Sisi Ekos (Lagos Girl)
SKU: FMJ-0902

Oshogbo, Nigeria
2005
Oil on board (25" h. x 20"w.)

$575
The Creature Within
SKU: FMJ-0901

Oshogbo, Nigeria
2005
Oil on board (25" h. x 20"w.)

$575
Masquerade
SKU: SGA-9401

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 1991
Oil, ink on Paper (22 3/4" h. x 15 3/4" w.)

$475
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
SKU: AOY-1503

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

$475
Fishes
SKU: AOY-1504

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

$475
Lovers
SKU: AOY-1505

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

$475
Beyond the City
SKU: AOY-1506

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

$475
Faces II
SKU: AOY-1507

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

$475
David Osevwe, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Osev-2

1999
Glass beads on plywood
(14 1/2" h x 24 1/2"w)

$1,200
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City Crier
SKU: LOA-9401

Prince Layi Orogun Ademoinore, Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1993
Oil, ink on Paper (28" h x 18"w)

$475
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Oshun Festival
SKU: TF-1402

2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/4" h x 15 1/2"w)

$425
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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
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Mamy Wata 2
SKU: TF-0909

2009
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 3/4" h x 10"w).
Exact details may vary.

$210
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Yekini Folorunso, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: YF-1105

c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(6 1/4" h x 18 1/4"w)

$180
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 The Agbogbo Bird
SKU: TF-1501

2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(10 1/4" h x 7 3/4" w).
Individual design of pieces may vary slightly.

$125
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The Palmwine Tapper
SKU: T77-1602

c.2009
"Sculpture Painting" - Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood.
(36" h x 12"w)
Provenance:  Private collection, purchased directly from the artist.

Price on Request
Product Status: 
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The Palm Wine Tapper
SKU: T77-1106

Twins Seven-Seven (1944 - 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c.1978
Ink, pastel and oli on cloth
(50 1/2" h x 30 1/2"w)

At the entry to the lane that leads to Prince's compound in Osogbo, a palm-wine tapper sits on a bicycle, welded to Prince's design out of scrap metal. In Amos Tutuola's "Palm-Wine Drinkard", the drinard hunts for his dead tapster in the domain of the dead.... 

"This is when I was working on the book of Amos Tutuola, like Palm-Wine Drinker, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, and something like that."

"I made a poem about whoever want me to die earlier will be killed by a palm-wine tapper bicycle, because palm-wine tapper bicycle have no insurance. It was a song from, like, nineteen seventy-four."

from Prince Twins Seven-SevenHis Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America, by Henry Glassie

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The Singing Birds
SKU: T77-0706

Twins Seven-Seven (1944-), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2006
Oil, acrylic, ink on canvas
(33 1/2" h x 11 1/4"w)

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Blessed Fisherman Family and Golden Fish
SKU: T77-0701

Twins Seven-Seven (1944- 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2006
Oil, acrylic and pastel on canvas
(27 1/2" h x 26"w)

Price on Request
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He and She - Baby in Blue
SKU: T77-1003

Twins Seven-Seven (1944- 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2010
Acrylic, ink on canvas
(31" h. x 15 3/4"w.)

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Great Hunter, Founder of Oshogbo
SKU: T77-1101

Twins Seven-Seven (1944- 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2011
Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood
(47" h, x 27"w.)

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Palmwine Tapper and Family
SKU: T77-0905

Twins Seven-Seven (1944 - 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2007
Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood
(24" h x 12 1/4"w)

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Ocean Blessed Family
SKU: T77-1004

Twins Seven-Seven (1944- 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2009
Acrylic, ink on canvas
(31" h. x 15 3/4"w.)  Framed

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Twins Seven-Seven
SKU: Twin-61

1960's
Etching, # 4/30
(15" h x 19 5/8"w)

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