: ARTISTS SPOTLIGHT :
BOB AIWERIOBA – Painter/Sculptor/Mixed Media/ Digital and Video artist
Bob Aiwerioba is possibly the biggest artistic talent of his generation in Africa. Having schooled in Norway and the prestigious Auchi polytechnic, Bob passed through his various higher institutions like a meteorite.As a painter he is endearingly unique, and his understanding of colour is bewitching. His versatility and fecund imagination have lead him to other media of artistic expression: architecture, sculpture; pottery; video animations and movie productions. He has however returned to his first love- painting.
WILLIAM H. JOHNSON, South Carolina, USA – Painter
William H. Johnson (1901-1970) was one of the great American artists of the 20th century. Known primarily for his majestic Scandinavian landscapes and his witty and poignant scenes of African American daily life, Johnson has made an indelible impact on American art. Yet he is one of those rare artists whose influence can be felt beyond his art, for his life story has elements of a purely American drama which inspires and encourages anyone familiar with it. Johnson, an African American from the rural South, overcame poverty, racial prejudice and a grade-school education to become one of the country’s leading artists. Through the force of his personality and with a steadfast belief in himself, Johnson created an art entirely his
own, original and fresh.