Lunch Break

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Jumee Kim Gallery, Daejeon
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Daejeon, Jumee Kim Gallery, Work. Life. Balance., 1 August – 31 August 2019

  • Catalogue Essay

    Executed in 2019, Lunch Break presents the viewer with an engaging canvas of magenta and deep-indigo colour planes, horizontally sliced by a line of sky-blue. Sophistically composed of minimalist geometric shapes, a figure dressed in bright yellow attire stands below the red silhouette of a ceiling light. Partially covered by candy-floss, a decorative mask disguises the subject's identity entirely. Despite a lack of visible facial features, distinct yellow rings frame and direct the figure's gaze to confront the viewer, drawing them into Dennis Osadebe's colourful world.

    The mask is a repetitive narrative used in the artist's work that represents a link to Nigerian historical and cultural references. In juxtaposing these links by bringing the symbol of the mask into a contemporary urban setting, Lunch Break works to deconstruct the perception of 'African Art'. Under the realm of 'Neo-Africa', a cultural movement founded by Osadebe, the present lot encourages people to rebrand tradition in a way that reflects the transforming world.

    The intriguing plays of colour in Osadebe's Lunch Break stem from the Nigerian artist's unique blend of working methods, whereby he blurs the line between digital and painting techniques. In layering paint over sections of his digitally composed scenes, Osadebe consequently renders each work a unique, as he removes the ability to reproduce it digitally.

    The present lot exists as part of Osadebe's series, Work. Life. Balance., which was presented as part of his first solo show in South Korea at the Jumee Kim Gallery (2019). Just this year, the artist has additionally presented solo shows at Galerie Liusa Wang in Paris (2019) and at Avenue des Arts in Los Angeles (2019).

  • Catalogue Essay

    創作於2019年,《午餐時間》向觀者呈現了一幅由洋紅色和深靛藍色面組成;中間被一條天藍色水平線切割開的引人入勝之畫布作品。極簡主義幾何形狀的精緻構圖中,一個身著鮮黃色衣服的人像站立在紅色天花板燈光的輪廓下方。一部分的面貎被棉花糖遮住,裝飾性的面具完全掩蓋了人物的身份。儘管缺乏明顯的面部特徵,顯眼的黃色勾勒出其身形並引導這個人物的視線去直面觀眾,將他們引入丹尼斯.奧薩德貝的多彩世界。

    面具是藝術家作品中重複使用的敘事手法,代表了與尼日利亞歷史和文化參考的聯繫。通過將面具的象徵性帶入當代城市環境來並置這些聯繫,《午餐時間》旨在解構對「非洲藝術」的認知。在奧薩德貝所創立的「新非洲」這一文化運動的領域中,此作鼓勵人們重塑傳統,以反映不斷變化的世界。

    奧薩德貝在《午餐時間》中對色彩的迷人把控源自這位尼日利亞藝術家對數位化與繪畫技巧之間界線的模糊處理之獨特創作方法。對他的數位構圖場景的各個部分進行顏料的層疊,剔除了數位化複製的能力,奧薩德貝因此賦予了每一件作品的獨特性。

    此作是奧薩德貝在韓國的Jumee Kim畫廊(2019年)舉辦之首次個展中的作品《工作.生活.平衡.》系列中的一部分。也是在這一年,藝術家還在巴黎的Galerie Liusa Wang畫廊舉辦了個展(2019年)。

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Lunch Break

2019
signed, titled, numbered and dated 'DENNIS OSADEBE 111 "LUNCH BREAK" 2019' on the reverse
digital illustration and acrylic on canvas
57 x 80 cm. (22 1/2 x 31 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2019.

Estimate
HK$10,000 - 20,000 
€1,200-2,300
$1,300-2,600

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Online Auction 9-18 October 2019