Mind Scape, 2019

Unique Artwork

Acrylic on canvas

CM H 91.44 W 91.44

IN H 36 W 36

Certificate of authenticity - Signed by artist

Mind Scape, 2019

Patrick Akpojotor explores how architecture and our environment influence our individual and collective identities.

These signature anthropomorphic structures with their cubist geometry, perspective, balance, and form, were his creative response to the realities of mega-city population pressure. His imagined structures and abstract compositions interrogate our sense of rootedness and belonging. Later that year, Patrick Akpojotor won the first ArtXLagos Prize for emerging artists with this important body of work.

Patrick Akpojotor

Akpojotor’s work captures the heart of traditional, colonial, and contemporary architecture scattered across the Lagos cityscape. He creates anthropomorphic buildings with distinct personalities and attitudes, exploring how the built environment influences our sense of identity.

His brightly colored canvases and detailed pencil sketches portray surreal staircases, windows, and the walls of imagined spaces which personify emotionally complex characters.

Akpjotor studied fine art at the Auchi Federal Polytechnic, and graphic design at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu. He was mentored by master artist Prof Bruce Onobrakpeya, working with him as a studio assistant and later as a facilitator at the bi-annual Harmattan Workshops.

Akpjotor has received numerous awards including the first ArtXLagos Prize for emerging artists in 2016.

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Founded by social activist, art collector, and filmmaker, Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, SMO holds contemporary art exhibitions that showcase masters and exciting new talent expressing their creativity through visual art, performance, film & new media.

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