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A rising name in contemporary African art and fashion illustration, Nigerian artist Ibe Ananaba opened his solo exhibition a few days ago at the Rele Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria. Entitled Sélénsé the exhibition is a body of contemporary works that tell the story of people’s way of expression through fashion. Ananaba took inspiration from the streets, taking the viewer on a visual exploration of everyday fashion. Looking at how fashion is worn, interpreted and flaunted. Fitting given that  the term Sélénsé is a local slang term meaning to ‘flaunt’ or to ‘show off’. Sélénsé captures the growing interest in African fashion.
[Main image credit: ‘I Beta Pass My Neighbour’ (1) – Ibe Ananaba]

African Fashion Illustration by Nigerian artist Ibe Ananaba

[Image credit: ‘I Beta Pass My Neighbour’ (1) – Ibe Ananaba]

Sélénsé features around 30 works divided into 5 main categories:

1: THE APPLIQUE SERIES – experiments done with watercolour pieces and fabric appended to each of them in a series titled ‘I BETA PASS MY NEIGHBOUR’.

2: THE RUNWAY SERIES – pieces inspired by the runway.

3: SARTORIAL SERIES – pays homage to the SAPEURS of Congo and local gents flaunting of local designers labels.

4: HEAD SERIES: portraits relating to style and attitude.

5: ONE-OFFS – individual pieces showing fashionable expressions.

Contemporary African Art - Nigerian painter Ibe Ananaba

[Image credit: Sartorial Series: ‘Sure boys’ (2) – Ibe Ananaba]

Contemporary African Art - Nigerian painter Ibe Ananaba

[Image credit: ‘Bum Short’ (1) – Ibe Ananaba]

Contemporary African Art - Nigerian painter Ibe Ananaba

[Image credit: ‘Ethnik Mode’ (she & he) – Ibe Ananaba]
Sélénsé runs until 26th September 2016.
Additional details:
For further information about Ibe Ananaba visit: www.ibeananabart.com
For further information and enquires about the exhibition visit: www.rele.co
[Image credits: All images belong to Ibe Ananaba. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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