After 5 years of Hibernation phillips Nzekwe finally storms Nigeria With something new.

“As an individual I believe that art is life. Life in the 21st century basically entails freedom and so, I express freedom in my choice of materials, forms and artistic expression. Although I work with available materials, my creativity is processed based, and starts by hyper-seeing expressive possibilities in materials…..” phillips Nzekwe.

“where is phillips Nzekwe?”. This has been the question in the lips of many artist in the Nigerian art scene. After many years of keeping mute, phillips Nzekwe decides to BOUNCE BACK.  Many people In the Nigerian art scene even thought he was dead.

The 17th of this June Philips Nzekwe and Gabriel Awusa would be storming Terra-Kulture art Gallery Victoria Island for their show titled “Different strokes”

But different strokes in not necessary different; it’s not a duel between the artists but a common ground where differences are allowed to co-exist. Though the tilted towards different subject matter, But found a common ground on their use of organic forms of nature (flora and fauna) with a little touch of yellow.

“….yellow in my view explores the narrative of the rising sun” phillips remarked.

some of phillips paintngs


It’s been basically half a decade since phillips Nzekwe showed in Nigeria. His last show was in Kenya at the Nairobi gallery after a residency at Kuona Trust in 2013. Speaking to art24now, he mused he would be storming the market with full blown energy having been working on several materials for long. He also talked about another show slated for November. That means we would be seeing more of him this year. phillip was recently documented as one of the seven sculptors in Nigeria by the Foundation for modern and contemporary art lagos (FCMA).

“One interesting  thing about this show is that i would be making public my first series of painting. its rare and in nobody’s collection yet, and its really going to be limited. also my wood sculptures have taking another turn. just come to show and see for yourself” he said.

Though some of his collectors have mixed feelings about his new found interest in paintings – they wish he continues in the line of his meticulously crafted woods and bronzes. But phillips has said he feels more free exploring paintings and works on 2D, to add to his oeuvre.

Another group of collectors are picking interest in the paintings “crush series” saying it reflects their childhood nostalgic experiences.

phillips in his studio

A source close to the artist revealed that his chief collector and patron; His majesty Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha (agbogidi) had said he is ok with it, if it makes the artist comfortable and then sited Enwonwu and Demas and all others who combined other genres of art to express what they feel.

It was gathered that in the list of guest to be gracing the show would be veteran Nollywood actor Richard Mofe Damijo (R.M.D) who would be doing the opening. Other dignitaries in and out of Nigerian would be coming to see what he has in stock for the art market.

We would keep you updated on the progress of the exhibition.