Sculptor Birth: March 17, 1928, in Benin City, Edo State. Died April 23, 1991. Training: Self-taught; brief apprenticeship with a local master carver; worked and studied at the Royal College of Art, London; also studied in Germany, 1962. Profile: Full name, Felix Aganmwonyi Idubor; brother of Osagie Osifo; opened the Idubor Gallery of Art, Lagos, 1945; sculpture teacher, Edo College, Benin City and Yaba Technical Institute, Lagos, 1956-1957; traveled to Britain, Belgium, France, Italy, The Netherlands and other parts of Europe on a UNESCO scholarship, 1957; traveled to Germany, 1961; relocated his art gallery in Benin City, 1970; trained apprentices; developed cement and "plastogard" sculpture; worked in wood, plastic filler, crate cement, clay and bronze. 238 Idubor Solo Exhibitions British Council, Lagos, 1953, 1955and 1956. British Council, Enugu, 1954. Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, 1957. Group Exhibitions Exhibition Centre, Lagos, 1953. Independence Exhibition, Lagos, September 20-October 2, 1960. "Kunst aus Zentralafrika," Berlin, Bremen, Dortmund, and Darmstadt, Germany, 1960-1961. International Art Exhibition, Lusaka, Zambia, October 19-November 30, 1964. "Contemporary Nigerian Sculpture on the Occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the University of Ife," University of Ife, Ile-Ife, September-October 1973. "National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, October 2-9, 1976. FESTAC '77, Lagos, 1977. "Exhibition of Nigerian Contemporary Art," Dakar, Senegal, November 25- December 7, 1980. "Ausstellung Nigerianische Kunst der Gegenwart," Bonn, Germany, August 9-18, 1982. Tenth Commemorative I. B. C. International Congress on Arts and Communication, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, USA, July 1983. "SilverJubilee National Art Exhibition," NationalTheatre, Lagos; Federal University of Technology, Owerri, September 26-October 1, 1985. Commissions Carved ebony chest, presented to Queen Elizabeth II, by the Government of Nigeria, 1956. Carved doors, Cooperative Bank Building, Ibadan, 1956. Carved doors, "Tree Spirits," Senate Building, Lagos, 1960. Carved main entrance doors, University of Lagos, Lagos, 1965. Bronze sculpture, Queen Amina of Zaria, International Meteorological Organization Headquarters, London, 1989. Carved entrance door panels, International Telecommunications Building, Geneva, Switzerland. Mural, Independence Building, Lagos. Carved doors, Palace of the Oba of Lagos. Carved head, Italian marble, Nigeria House, London. Panel carvings, Cocoa House, Ibadan. Sculpture, "Florence Nightingale," University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City. Sculpture, "Freedom of the Press," Nigerian Observer, Benin City. Carved doors, National Hall, House of Parliament, Lagos. Carved panels, Nigerian Electric Power Authority boardroom, Lagos. Wrought iron screens and carved main doors, Central Bank of Benin, Benin Gty. Cement sculpture, reclining figure, Lagos Municipal Library, Lagos. Statue of J. T. Marierie, first civilian governor of the Mid-West State, now Bendel State. Statue of General Yakubu Gowon, former president of Nigeria. Murals, State House, Benin City. Ornamental screen, Central Bank, Lagos. Awards & Honors First Nigerian to be awarded a scholarship to the Munich University Institute of Art, Germany. Public Collections National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos. Wood sculpture: "A Benin Chief"; metal sculptures: "Affection," "Ologbosere of Benin," "Agony," and "Mother Africa." Idugie 239 Bibliography [MacRow, D. W.]. "A New Carver," Nigeria (Lagos) no. 41: 22-27, 1953. illus. Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) no. 75, December 1962. [cover illustration]. International Art Exhibition, Lusaka, 19 October-30 November, [1964]. [Lusaka: s.n.], 1964. [36]pp. illus. "Flats for the University of Lagos, Alagbon Village, Ikoyi," West African Builder and Architect (Lagos) 5 (2): 35-40, March-April 1965. illus. "Houses for the University of Lagos, Alagbon Village, Ikoyi, Lagos," West African Builder and Architect (Lagos) 5 (4): 66-72, 82, July-August 1965. illus. "Idubor Gallery of Art," West African Builder andArchitect (Lagos) 7 (6): 163-164, November-December 1967. illus. Grillo, Y. A. "Felix Idubor: A Sculptor from Benin," [and] "Appreciations of Idubor," by Juliet Highet. African Arts (Los Angeles) 2 (1): 30-35, autumn 1968. illus. Ben-Amos, Paula. "On Being an Ebony Carver in Benin," pp. 320-333. In: Ethnic and Tourist Arts: Cultural Expressions from the Fourth World, edited by Nelson Graburn, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1976. Povey, John. "The African Artist in a Traditional Society," Ba Shiru (Madison) 11 (1): 3-8, 1980. Okoro, Godwin I. Peter. African Contemporary Art in Nigeria. EdD dissertation, Columbia University Teachers College, 1984. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms International, 1984. See page 80. Pruitt, Sharon Yvette. "Kuntu Sculpture from the 1950's to 1982," pp. 66-119. In: Perspectives in the Study of Nigerian Kuntu Art:A Traditionalist Style in Contemporary African Visual Expression, PhD dissertation, Ohio State University, 1985, Ann Arbor, University Microfilms International, 1987. See pages 444-455 for interview.
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