Graphic Artist, Painter, Sculptor Birth: May 9, 1934, in Benin City, Edo State. Died February 16, 1984. Training: Two years of art training at YabaTechnical Institute; studied art in England, 1963. Profile: Graphic artist, Eastern Nigeria Information Service, Enugu, 1953-1958; visualizer, Lintas, Nigeria, 1959; Lintas, London, 1963- 1965; creative director, Lintas Nigeria, 1973; chairman/managing director, Asa Productions Nigeria; helped establish Nigerian Arts Council in the early 60s; designed brochures and murals for FESTAC '77. Founding Member: Society of Nigerian Artists. Solo Exhibitions Goethe Institute, Lagos, December 9-31, 1966. Goethe Institute, Lagos, April 26, 1972. Group Exhibitions "Kunst aus Zentralafrika," Berlin, Bremen, Dortmund, and Darmstadt, Germany, 1960-1961. "Art from Africa of Our Time," Phelps-Stokes Fund, New York, USA, December 29, 1961-January 19, 1962. "Inaugural Exhibition of the Society of Nigerian Artists," Exhibition Centre, Lagos, January 16-22, 1964. "Contemporary Nigerian Art," Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, June 20-July 21, 1968. "Contemporary African Art," Camden Arts Centre, London, August-September 1969. "Second Indian Triennial," Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India, 1971. "Contemporary Nigerian Prints and Paintings," Fourth Ife Festival of the Arts, Gallery of the University Library, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, December 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 30-October 7, 1978. "Exhibition of Nigerian Traditional and Contemporary Art," Lagos, 1978. "National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September 25-October 1, 1980. "Exhibition of Nigerian Contemporary Art," Dakar, Senegal, November 25- December 7, 1980. "Offerings from the Gods," National Theatre, Lagos, June-July 1985. "Silver Jubilee National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos; Federal University of Technology, Owerri, September 26-October 1, 1985. 'Man in Focus," National Theatre, Lagos, December 20, 1985-January 10, 1986. "First Masters Art Exhibition," Continental Merchant Bank Nigeria, Lagos, November 17-27, 1987. Commissions Mural, 'Towards Understanding," Institute of International Affairs, Lagos. Painting, Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos. Designed the maces for the University of Lagos, Lagos, 1966 and the University of Benin, Benin City, 1970. Mural, Standard Bank, Western House, Lagos, 1969. Decor, "Olokun" and "Balance," United Bank for Africa Headquarters, Lagos, 1970. FESTAC '77 festival symbol, 1973. Bronze friezes, "Dance," "Mother and Child," and 'The Music Maker," National Theatre, Lagos, 1974. Murals, Organization of African Unity, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Copper murals and decor, Economic Commission for Africa building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1976. Murals and copper friezes, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, 1978. Street decorations for the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, Lagos. 1980Federal Government of Nigeria calendar, eight original paintings. Awards & Honors Prize in carving, Festival of Arts, Lagos, 1950; Officer of the Order of the Niger; Fellow (posthumous), Asele Institute, Nimo, 1985. Public Collections Didi Museum, Lagos. Lagos University Library, University of Lagos, Lagos. Wood sculptures: "Dialogue I," Dialogue II," "Dialogue III," "Dialogue IV," "Dialogue V," and "Dialogue VI"; oil paintings: "Cosmic Rendezvous." Works formerly in the collection of the Federal Society of Arts & Humanities, Lagos. National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos. Wood sculptures: "Form (Fossil)," "Iya Abiku," and "Iya Ibeji"; oil paintings: "Oduduwa," "Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay," "Mai Idris Alooma of Bornu," "King Eyo II of Calabar," "Oba Esegie of Benin," "King Masaba of Nupe," "Sultan Muhammadu of Bello Sokoto," "Queen Amina of Zaria," and "King Jaja of Opobo"; bronze sculpture: "King & Queen." Bibliography Lancaster, Michael. "Exhibition Centre, Marina, Lagos," [and] "Mbari: a New Venture in Nigerian culture" [and] "Murals at U. C. I.," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) 74: 91-95, September 1962. illus. Zaki, Jusufu. 'Toward an Art Revolution," [letter to the editor]. Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 87: 235, 304, December 1965. illus. Ekwensi, Cyprian. "High Price of Nigerian Art," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 88: 36-51, March 1966. illus. "Our Authors and Performing Artists-I," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 88: 57-67, May 1966. Vaughn-Richards, A. "The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs: New Building in Lagos," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 96:17-23, March/May 1968. illus. "Contemporary Nigerian Artists At Work," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 97: 111— 112, June/August 1968. ports. Contemporary Nigerian Art:An Exhibition Assembled by the Society of Nigerian Artists; [exhibition held at the Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, June 20- July 21, 1968]. London: Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, 1968. [15]pp. illus. Highet, Juliet. "Five Nigerian Artists," African Arts (Los Angeles) 2 (2): 34-41, winter 1969. illus. (color). Portrait of the Artist, [film]. 28 minutes. [Cited in Films on Africa: An Educator's Guide to 16mm Films, Madison: African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Wisconsin, 1979, page 51]. "Commissioned Works of Art at the New Murtala Mohammed Airport, Nigerian Master Artists Adorn the New Murtala Mohammed Airport," NewCulture (Ibadan) 1 (4) March 1979. See plate following page 35. Ojo, Albert O. "The Contributions of Contemporary Artists in Nigerian Cultures," pp. 87-108. In the author's The Role of Art in Promoting Cultural Heritage and Art Education in Nigeria: A Pedagogical Assemblage. PhD dissertation, Columbia University, 1984, Ann Arbor, University Microfilms International, 1985. illus., bibliog. "Emokpae Dies," West Africa (London) no. 3472: 528, March 5, 1984. "Adieu Erhabor Emokpae," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 148: 73-75, 1984. Babalola, D. Ola. "The Development of Nigerian Contemporary Art: An Interview with Yusuf Adebayo Grillo," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) 54 (4): 93-102, October- December, 1986. [illus. by Erhabor Emokpae]. Folarin, Agbo. "Dualism and Expressive Dynamism in the Sculpture of Erhabor Emokpae," Kurio Africana; Journal of Art andCriticism (Ile-Ife)
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