OKOLO, Geoffrey

Graphic Artist, Painter, Sculptor Address: Madiara Polo, Tombi, Nembe, Rivers State. .Birth: December 23, 1922, in Nembe, Rivers State. Training: A student of Aina Onabolu in the 1940s; diploma in fine arts, Nigerian College of Arts, Sdence &Technology, Zaria, 1961, spedalizing in graphics. Profile: Full name, Geoffrey Iruosoumo Okolo; sometimes referred to as Godfrey; art teacher, Baptist academies, Lagos and Rivers State, and several other schools; freelance artist, Nembe, Rivers State; produced realistic funerary scultures representing local dignitaries. Group Exhibitions "Nigerian Art Exhibition," British Coundl, Lagos, 1948. "Commerdal and Graphic Design," Mbari Club, Ibadan, January 24-February 7, 1962. FESTAC '77, Lagos, 1977. "Treasures of Asele Institute," Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos, December 10-23, 1988. Commissions Murals, "Nembe History," City Hall, Nembe, Rivers State. Writings by the Artist 'The Use of Papier-Mache," Nigeria (Lagos) no. 34: 230-231, 1950. illus. Public Collections Asele Institute, Nimo. Lagos University Library, University of Lagos, Lagos. Oilon board: "Juju Point." Formerly in the collection of the Federal Sodety of Arts &Humanities, Lagos. Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia, USA. Works formerly in the Harmon Foundation Collection.
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