IDEHEN, Festus




Sculptor Address: No 3 Ogbomon Crescent, Bye Zabayo, Benin City, Edo State. Birth: 1928, in Benin City, Edo State. Training: Apprenticed to his grandfather; Yaba Technical Institute, 1956; studied bronze casting in Denmark, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland, 1964. Profile: Full name, Festus OmoIdehen; maintains a studio in Lagos; makes concrete murals; also worksin wood, marble and fiberglass with resin. Founding Member: Society of Nigerian Artists. Solo Exhibitions Goethe Institute, Lagos, October 9-17, 1964. Goethe Institute, Lagos, June 7-15, 1969. Holte, Denmark, 1971. Group Exhibitions "Kunst aus Zentralafrika," Berlin, Bremen, Dortmund, and Darmstadt, Germany, 1960-1961. Independence Exhibition, Lagos, September 20-October 2, 1960. Harmon Foundation, New York, USA; Hampton University, Virginia, USA, 1961- 1964. "Art from Africa of Our Time," Phelps-Stokes Fund, New York, USA, December 28, 1961-January 19, 1962. Exhibition Centre, Marina, Lagos, 1962. "Inaugural Exhibition of the Society of Nigerian Artists," Exhibition Centre, Lagos, January 16-22, 1964. "Contemporary Nigerian Sculpture on the Occasion of the TenthAnniversary of the University of Ife," University of Ife, He-Ife, September-October 1973. FESTAC '77, Lagos, 1977. "Moderne Kunst in Afrika," Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1980. "SilverJubilee National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September26- October 1, 1985. Commissions Concrete screen, Chase Manhattan Bank, Lagos, 1960, together with Paul Mount. Idubor 237 Concrete wall sculpture, German Embassy, Lagos, 1964. Wood sculpture, Lagos City Hall, Lagos, 1966. Mural, Nigeria External Communications, Marina, Lagos. Public Collections Eric Emborg Organization, Aalborg, Denmark. Statue. Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia, USA. Works formerly in the Harmon Foundation Collection. National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos. Bibliography Crowder, Michael. "The Chase Manhattan Sculpture," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 70: 285-289, September 1961. illus. "Exhibition Centre," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 72: 71, March 1962. Moore, Gerald. "Tradition and the African Artist," Roho (Kampala) no. 2: 52-54, June 1962. illus. "Investment House Lagos," West African Builder andArchitect (Ibadan) 2 (6): 112- 116, November-December 1962. illus. "Braithwaite Residence Ikoyi, Lagos," West African Builder and Architect (Lagos) 4 (5): 100-102, September-October 1964. illus. "New Embassy for the Federal Republic of Germany," West African Builder and Architect (Lagos) 5 (6): 117-120, November-December 1965. illus. "Our Authors and Performing Artists-II," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 89: 133-140, June 1966. port. Carroll, Kevin. "Modern Artists," pp. 124-131. In the author's Yoruba Religious Carving: Pagan and Christian Sculpture in Nigeria and Dahomey, New York, Praeger, 1967. See page 129 for illustration. "Olaoluwakitan Cottage," West African Builder and Architect (Lagos) 7 (2): 41-46, March-April 1967. illus. Dickerson, Sara Jane Hollis. "Benin Artist Idah, Court Art and Personal Style," [special issue of] Interdisciplinary Studies (New Orleans) 2 (2): 1-98, March 1979. illus., bibliog.
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