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Print - The Man

The Man

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Nigeria (made)

  • Date:

    04/1995 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quaye, Tayo, born 1954 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lino-cut on Japanese paper

  • Museum number:

    E.455-1999

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

At a time of increasing multi-culturalism in Britain, there is a growing interest in work from African and Asian countries, particularly those that have strong ties with Britain, such as Nigeria. Tayo Quaye's work reflects the history of art-school teaching in Nigeria, which has been very much influenced by European methods, yet his work retains a decorative quality that appears to rely very much on traditional techniques of pattern making.

Tayo Quaye's work comes out of a complex tradition of Eurocentric art-school teaching established in Nigeria by the 1940s, and a reassertion of indigenous approaches to visual arts. This was called the 'Natural synthesis' theory and was first propounded in the late 1950s by a group of artists at the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology at Zaria. It was, in the words of Nigerian art historian Chika Okeke, 'the merging of the best of the indigenous art traditions, forms and ideas with the useful Western ones'. The Man is typical of Quaye's work, which frequently addresses family relationships.

Physical description

Colour linocut on Japanese paper, printed in shades of brown and orange, with a large figure of a naked black man with arms outstretched on the right. On the left is a clothed black woman sitting on the ground holding a baby.

Place of Origin

Nigeria (made)

Date

04/1995 (made)

Artist/maker

Quaye, Tayo, born 1954 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lino-cut on Japanese paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Tayo T. Quaye, Kaduna, Nigeria. April, 1995'
bottom right; pencil

'6/7 "THE MAN"'
bottom left; pencil

Dimensions

Height: 200 cm printed surface, Width: 93 cm printed surface, Height: 208.5 cm sheet, Width: 96.7 cm sheet, Height: 107 cm framed, Width: 218.5 cm framed, Depth: 4.5 cm framed

Historical context note

Tayo Quaye's work comes out of a complex tradition of Euro-centric art-school teaching established in Nigeria since the 1940s, and a reassertion of indigenous approaches to visual imagery. The 'Natural synthesis' theory was first propounded in the late 1950s by a group of artists at the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology at Zaria. It was, in the words of Nigerian art historian Chika Okeke, 'the merging of the best of the indigneous art traditions, forms and ideas with the useful Western ones'.

Descriptive line

Print 'The Man' by Tayo Quaye; Nigeria, April 1994

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Margaret Timmers, ed. Impressions of the 20th Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A Collection. London : V&A Publications, 2001, pp.160-161.
Allegra Presenti, Gouge: The Modern Woodcut from 1870 to Now Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2008.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Linoleum-block printing

Subjects depicted

Creation; Children (people by age group); Men; Man; Nature; Woman; Women

Categories

Prints; Black History; Africa

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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