FILANI Kunle

Graphic Artist, Painter, Printmaker Address: Department of Fine & Applied Aits, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Ondo State. Birth: September 8, 1957, in Ikole-Ekiti, Ondo State. Training: BAin fine arts, University of Ife, 1980; MFAin printmaking, University of Benin, 1984. Profile: Full name, Emmanuel Olakunle Filani; influenced by Clary Nelson-Cole; teacher, Kano Teachers College, Kano, 1980-1981; teacher, St. Louis Grammar School, Owo, 1981-1982; head, Department of Fine & Applied Arts, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, from 1990; an exponent of Onaism. Member: Arts Council of the African Studies Association; Nigerian Society for Education Through Art; Society of Nigerian Artists. Solo Exhibitions "A Trip to Wonderland," University of Benin, Benin City, 1984. "Drawings and Prints by Kunle Filani," University Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, July 18-24, 1989. "Coming on Strong," University Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, August 8-15, 1989. Group Exhibitions "The Ife Art School: 1974-1984," National Theatre, Lagos, April 27-May 19, 1984; Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, June 1-15, 1984; Concorde Hotel, Owerri, August 20-25, 1984. "Contemporary Benin School," Exhibition Hall, Lagos, January 25-February 8, 1985. "Offerings from the Gods," National Theatre, Lagos, June-July 1985. "Exhibition of Arts and Crafts," Ministry of Information, Akure, 1987. "1989 Exhibition of Contemporary Ife Art," Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, February 20-25, 1989. "Ona 1 Maiden Exhibition," Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, March 6-20, 1989. "Pushing the Limits of Vision: Select Paintings and Drawings," Lagos, September 6-9, 1989. "1990 Exhibition of Contemporary Yoruba Art," School of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, April 24-29, 1990. Ona 2: Radiance of Rhythms," National Museum, Lagos, September 28-October 5, 1990. "Images of the Nigerian Nation," National Theatre, Lagos, September 29- October 13, 1990. Commissions Painting, "Jesus Crowned with Thorns," Methodist Church, Ikole, 1980. Five murals, University of Benin, Benin City, 1983, together with Donatus Martins Akatakpo. Murals, hotel, Agbor, 1984, together with Donatus Martins Akatakpo. Mural, Separi Hotel, Igbanke via Agbor, 1984. Two-panel mural, Ondo Medical Centre, Ondo, 1987. Logo, Mena Clinic, Ondo, 1988. Medal designs, Ondo Boys High School 70th Anniversary, Ondo, 1989. Logo, Nigerian Folklore Society, Lagos, 1989. Poster designs, NAFEST '89, Ondo State, 1989. Writings by the Artist Traditional Advertising and Marketing in Ikole Ekiti. BAthesis, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, 1980. [unpublished]. Petropolystyrene in Printmaking. MFA thesis, University of Benin, Benin City, 1984. [unpublished]. Creative Search in Contemporary Nigerian Art: Vestiges of the Past in the Present. Paper presented at the INSEA Africa and the Middle East Regional Congress, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, August 7-12, 1988. 25pp. bibl. refs., abstract, [unpublished; copy on file in the National Museum of African Art Library]. Radicalism as an Expressive Content in Contemporary Nigerian Art. Paper presented at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Societyof Nigerian Artists (SNA), 27th November 1989, Lagos. 21 leaves, bibl. refs. [unpublished; copy on file in the National Museum of African Art Library]. "Art as Transmitter of Socio-Cultural Values: The Metamorphosis of Form and Content in Contemporary Nigeria [sic] Art," Kurio Africana; Journal ofArt and Criticism (Ile-Ife) 1 (1): 57-72, 1989. bibl. refs. "Contemporary Printmaking in Nigeria: Its Growth and Glory," [with particular reference to Bruce Onobrakpeya, S. Irein Wangboje, Ori-Olokun Cultural Centre and academic art schools]. Kurio Africana; Journal ofArtand Criticism (Ile-Ife) 1 (2): 25-41, 1989. bibl. refs. "The Theme of Religion and Aesthetics in Lamidi Fakeye's Carving," Forum of Knowledge, Journal of Research Programmes (Ibadan) 1 (1): 201-210, 1990. "Onaism: Contemporary Recreation of the Forms and Philosophies of Traditional Yoruba Art and Design," pp. 160-174. In: Oritameta: Proceedings, 19901 edited by Moyo Okediji, [Ile-Ife], Department of Fine Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, [1991]. bibl. refs. Bibliography Coming on Strong: An Exhibition of Drawings, Paintings and Prints by Kunle Filani; [exhibition held at UniversityHall, University of Obafemi Awolowo University August 8-15, 1989, Ile-Ife] / introduction by Moyo Okediji. [Ile-Ife: Ona Artists, 1989]. [14]pp. illus. port. (Ona Solo Exhibition Series 004). Pushing the Limits of Vision: Select Paintings and Drawings by Campbell, Filani, Ojomo, Okediji, Uwechia and Wewe; [exhibition held in Lagos, September 6-9, 1989]. Lagos: Zegu, 1989. 32pp. illus. Filani, Kunle. "Onaism: Contemporary Recreation of the Formsand Philosophies of Traditional Yoruba Art and Design," pp. 160-174. In: Oritameta: Proceedings, 1990 I edited by Moyo Okediji, [Ile-Ife], Department of Fine Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, [1991]. bibl. refs. Wewe, Adetola F. "Ona: A Revolutionary Art Movement in Nigeria," pp. 151-159. In: Oritameta: Proceedings, 1990 I edited by Moyo Okediji, [Ile-Ife], Department of Fine Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, [1991]. bibl. refs.
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