Terra Kulture – Famous and Expensive Nigerian art works
11 Famous and Expensive Nigerian art works
Art is famous in Africa and it is closely intertwined in the history of the continent. In the absence of history books, artworks and artifacts have been used to pass down information about our culture from generation to generation. The rich culture of making art has also been passed down as Africa is blessed with many talented artists, and Nigeria is home to many of these artists, but despite this, the value of art in Africa is more understated than it should be. African art should be more celebrated, especially Nigerian art. Here we would be showcasing a number of famous Nigerian artworks that have been sold for really expensive prices.
1. Tutu, Ben Enwonwu
2. Bush Babes, Njideka Akunyili Crosby.
Breaking the record for Nigerian artists when it was sold for $3.3m at Sotheby’s in the same year. Bush Babes was painted by famous painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and is an intricate mesh of green leaves and images on a canvas
3. Compound Leaf, Toyin Ojih Odutola.
The painting by Toyin ranks as the 3rd most expensive Nigerian art as it sold for almost $600k at Sotheby’s in 2019. This is an intricately rendered self-portrait in charcoal, soft pastel hues, and pencil on paper. Its subtle hues, colors, and shadows showcase the excellence of the painting. The artist’s tattoo of a leaf, from which the title takes its name, is subtly visible on her neck as if blooming from within her.
4. Ijo Forest Spirit Figure, Nigeria
This artifact is listed at the Sotheby’s auction house and is estimated to be worth up to $1m. This awe-inspiring figure with seven heads and 14 eyes is emblematic of its role in safeguarding a community and promoting well-being. It was made by the Ijo peoples who reside amid the many estuaries and mangrove forests of the vast Niger Delta.