Yekini Folorunso

About the Artist

Yekini Folorunso (1939 - ?)

Yekini Folorunso (also spelled Folorunsho) was a "brother" and student of the great master of aluminum relief, Asiru Olatunde.  At this point it is hard to determine whether he was a half-brother or a more distant relative of Asiru.  We understand that he is deceased, but do not have a date.  

The book Nigerian Art: A Who’s Who and Bibliography by Bernice M. Kelly and Janet L. Stanley, published for the Smithsonian institution Libraries in 1993, includes the following information on Yekini Folorunso:

Yekini FOLORUNSHO   Sculptor
Birth: August 20, 1939.
 
Training: Originally a blacksmith, later trained as a jeweler; worked with his older “brother,” Asiru, for two years before going on his own.
 
Profile: Makes repoussé works in copper, brass and aluminum, producing panels illustrating aspects of Yoruba religious and secular life.
 
Group Exhibitions
"Silver Jubilee National Art Exhibition," Federal University of Technology, Owerri, September 26-October 1, 1985.
"Contemporary Arts from Western Nigeria," Zamana Gallery, London, October 20, 1988-January 8, 1989.
"Reflections from Africa," Onira Arts Africa, Ottawa, Canada, April 5-20, 1990.
 
Commissions
Sculpted relief panels, copper, brass and aluminum, National Black Theatre, Harlem, New York, USA.
 
Public Collections
Museum für Völkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany.  Copper relief: one untitled.

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Yekini Folorunso, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: YF-1108

c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(5" h x 20"w)

$145
Yekini Folorunso, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: YF-1109

c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(5" h x 20"w)

$145
Oshun Festival #3
SKU: YF-1813

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(45 1/2" h. x 23 1/2" w.).
Condition note:  This panel was previously installed architecturally and has nail holes in the corners and on the perimeter of the border (not within the picture area).  Also some surface discoloration on aluminum, as shown in the photos.

Price on Request
Hunters in the Forest
SKU: YF-1814

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(45 1/2" h. x 23 1/2" w.).
Condition note:  Some surface discoloration on aluminum due to age, as shown in the photos.

Price on Request
Hunter in the Forest #4
SKU: YF-1806

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/8" h x 24 1/2"w)

$210
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
Sold