Northern Nigerian Landscape

© Uzo Egonu estate. Image credit: Tate

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Northern Nigerian Landscape 1964 is an oil painting on board, painted in London, that dates from the early period of Nigerian-born artist Uzo Egonu’s career. During the early 1960s Egonu made a number of works, such as this one, which combined a modernist approach to painting with his childhood memories and a nostalgia for Nigeria through references to the Nigerian landscape, vernacular architecture and local traditions. This painting is an abstracted rendition of a northern Nigerian village. The perspective has been flattened and the rounded huts stacked on top of each other are outlined with black. Winding lines that could variously represent the limbs of a tree, paths or rivers divide the painting into distinct parts that are then filled in with decorative designs.


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Northern Nigerian Landscape




oil paint on hardboard


H 96.6 x W 152.8 cm

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Presented by Hiltrud Egonu 2014

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