Sculptor Address: 2 Ekhator Street, Ogida Quarters, Benin City, Edo State. Birth: August 26, 1931, in Agbor, Delta State. Training: School of Graphic Art, London, 1959; Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, London, 1960-1965, specializing in sculpture. Profile: Full name, Benson G. Osawe; shared studio with Felix Idubor, Lagos, 1965; freelance artist, Benin City, from 1976; uses wood, cement, welded alloys, and lost wax process. Solo Exhibitions Goethe Institute, Lagos, April 30-May21, 1969. Group Exhibitions Artists International Association Gallery, London, 1962. Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1963. "Treasures of the Commonwealth," Commonwealth Festival Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland, 1965. Exhibition Centre, Lagos, 1967. "Contemporary Nigerian Art," Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, June 20-July 21, 1968. Second Indian Triennial, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India, 1971. "Contemporary Nigerian Sculpture on the Occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the University of Ife," University of Ife, Ile-Ife, September-October 1973. FESTAC'77, Lagos, 1977. "Exhibition of Works by Contemporary Nigerian Artists," National Theatre, Lagos, September 4-9, 1977. "National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September 25-October 1, 1980. "Exhibition of Nigerian Contemporary Art," Dakar, Senegal, November 25- December 7, 1980. "Exhibition of Nigerian Contemporary Art," Islamabad, Pakistan, 1983. "Silver Jubilee National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos; Federal University of Technology, Owerri, September 26-October 1, 1985. "Nigerian Sculpture," The Mall Galleries, London, July 1-13, 1986. Public Collections Federal Ministry of Information, Cultural Division, Lagos. Wood sculptures: "Masks" and "Antelope"; metal sculpture: "Dancing Masquerades"; wood, ebony, sculpture: "Mask." National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos. Bronze casts: "A Benin Queen" and "Oba Akenzua II of Benin"; metal sculpture: "Dancing Masquerades"; wood sculptures: "Standing Figure" and "Antelope."
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