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Twins Seven-Seven works in different techniques such as painting, brush-painting, engraving, cardboard

relief and fabric painting. “One remarkable result of the Oshogbo experiment was the rapidity with which

the young artists found their own style. Seven-Seven threw away the wide brushes he had been

working with and began to draw with the flexible quills of the palm leaves.

 

 

African Studies Program

Morgan State University

Visual Arts Program will host  Lectures and Workshops

 

By  

Prince Twins Seven Seven

Residency October 1 - 31, 2003

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Seven Twins

By Petra Stegmann

 

The Nigerian Twins Seven-Seven, one of his country’s most prominent artists, is an all-around talent. Not only is he a painter, he is a bandleader, dancer, actor, entrepreneur, politician and doctor. The pseudonym of Twins Seven-Seven, who was born as Prince Taiwo Olaniyi Wyewale-Toyeje Oyekale Osuntoki, alludes to the tragic fact that he is the only surviving child of seven sets of twins born to his mother. His artistic career began with the informal workshops which Ulli and Georgina Beier held in the sixties in Oshogbo, the center of the Oshogbo Artists’ Group, a diverse scene of young artists who were largely ignored by Nigeria’s academically trained artists. Exhibitions in Prague and Munich brought Twins Seven-Seven international recognition in the mid-1960s.

Twins Seven-Seven’s works reflect a highly personal cosmology and mythology, creating an independent universe full of people, animals, gods and plants, inspired by the Yoruba culture (one of the largest ethnic groups south of the Sahara). Later works explore social and political issues as well and take a critical look at Nigerian politics. His works are free from all rules of form, perspective and proportion. Playful and daring, they vibrate with an abundance of motifs and ornaments.

Twins Seven-Seven works in different techniques such as painting, brush-painting, engraving, cardboard relief and fabric painting. “One remarkable result of the Oshogbo experiment was the rapidity with which the young artists found their own style. Seven-Seven threw away the wide brushes he had been working with and began to draw with the flexible quills of the palm leaves. He begins in the upper left-hand corner and then works his way down, filling the space with dense, ingenious patterns,” Ulli Beier describes Seven-Seven’s style and working methods, which are often imitated in contemporary Nigerian art.

The gouache “Devil’s Dog” was influenced by the literature of Amos Tutuola. This diabolical dog is an enormous monster with six legs and a human space, almost bursting the bounds of the painting. The being’s body is drawn in profile, while its head is turned to gaze behind it – as if in search of possible pursuers. Its body is covered with large scales, and the coiled tail ends in a snake’s head. The creature is surrounded by a number of smaller fantasy beings, snakes, humanoid figures and ornaments. Almost every line is embellished with more ornaments; not a single spot of the picture is left uncovered.

The artist also takes scenes of everyday life in Oshogbo as his motifs. The acrylic “The Fruit Sellers”, from 1988, shows two women carrying baskets full of fruit. One woman balances her basket on her head, while her companion carries the burden in front of her. The two women take up the entire rectangular format of the picture. In contrast to the fine lines in his drawings, here the artist works with luminous colors and vivid patterns. With their outsized eyes and the strong lines modeling the bodies, the figures are highly stylized.

In the etching “Lagos in the Palm of an Architect” (1984), Twins Seven-Seven thematizes the rapid development of the megalopolis, Africa’s fastest-growing city. A claw-like hand with only four visible fingers reaches into the picture from the right, taking up its entire lower half. The hand holds several small round houses of the kind found in African villages and a larger rectangular object, a high-rise. Here the architect’s hand seems mighty as a god’s. Houses appear and disappear at his whim – the people whose lives are radically changed by the activities of this hand are nowhere to be seen; they are given no part in these processes. In this picture Seven-Seven mirrors one aspect of African reality, translating it into pithy, easily understandable imagery.

Source: Petra Stegmann stiller@hkw.de  www.aainnovators.com/Partners/Artist%20and%20Educator%20Bios/Twins%20Seven-Seven.htm

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October 16, 2000

     Keynote speaker at the Performing Arts Convocation

     Opening of Exhibit

October 24, 2003  11:00 AM  til  12:00 PM  

Recital Hall -- All Art 308 classes 

     “African Art, Traditional  vs Contemporary”

October 21, 2003,  12:00 PM  til  1:00 PM  

Murphy 319 -- Art Faculty Workshop 

     “Teaching the African Aesthetic”

October 23, 2003, 11:00 AM  til  12:00 PM  

Murphy 319 -- Art Majors Workshop and the James E Lewis Museum

    “The Mixed Media Works of Twin Seven Seven”

October 24, 2003, 6:00 PM 

Murphy, Room, TBA -- A Public Lecture and Opening Exhibit for the Community,   

     “The Aesthetic Power of Art, Dance and Song"

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