Oil, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 152.4 x 101.6 cm, 2022
Edozie Anedu is a self-taught artist based in Benin City, Nigeria. Working primarily with oils, acrylics, pastels and reclycled materials, Anedu’s paintings employ elemental forms and figures that verge on the abstract. He references graffiti and mural art traditions to focus his work on popular culture, music and fashion, socio political ideologies and the human condition.
Drawing from personal experience, Anedu’s unflinching use of color and often aggressive brush strokes express a freedom of emotion that commands attention. His childlike and seemingly haphazard strokes are in conversation with his own coming of age story - a journey of excitement, adjustments and hopeful rush to the feature. His work embraces a synthesis of innocence, trial and error, memory and melancholy. Edozie Anedu's recent solo exhibitions include: Wonders Shall Never End at The Melrose Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa 2022), TONY at Pacers Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria 2022), Allegory at Unit London (London, United Kingdom 2021), Mistakes I Chose to Keep at Pacers Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria 2019).
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