Nigeria has the potential to participate in the $65.1 billion global art market, according to Keturah Ovio, a director of patrons, an advising and Dealership Company for fine art.
Ovio made this statement in response to inquiries about her impending “tiny is lovely” miniature art exhibition, which is scheduled to take place on July 30 and 31 at Cabaret, 32 Musa Yar’Adua, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The global market is estimated to be worth $65.1 billion by the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report 2022.
Ovio claimed that the Nigerian art market has advanced to the point where works created there are now displayed around the globe, including in Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, New York, Valencia, and other locations that are frequently recognized as artistic hubs.
“Nigerians can create anything out of nothing and are highly inventive. All we have to do is make sure we can submit our artwork to international shows, she stated.
She pointed out that in Nigeria, artists do not receive enough support, as seen by the fact that some of them fail because neither the government nor the general populace patronizes or supports them.
“Nigeria needs to consume art, since it has many advantages. In addition to being a significant sector on a global scale, it offers entertainment and historical narratives that are not amusingly conveyed in writing, she noted.
“It is a significant industry that can support our revenue. Nigerians visit museums, attend exhibitions, and visit art galleries when they travel abroad. They use our money to travel abroad and observe what we already have here. She cautioned, “Supporting local artists begins with one act at a time.
She claimed that a forthcoming exhibition of miniature artwork would feature pieces by the well-known young artist Oladimeji Alabi, who has appeared in several noteworthy locations. She said that there would be a private viewing on July 29 and that the following weekend would feature art, Italian fashion, wine tasting, and delectable hors d’oeuvres.
She described the occasion as a series of little art exhibitions intended to elicit memorable and motivating discussions in the art world through bite-sized artworks.
Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has been driven by an urge to produce magnificent objects in minute dimensions. Small-scale paintings, sculptures, and engravings have an intricate, bewildering quality.
“Miniature artwork is unusual. Due to the artist’s need to interact and communicate with the audience in a constrained setting, it is a very detailed art form. Small is lovely is a collection of little art exhibits that have been carefully chosen to draw the viewer in, inspire them, and help them connect, according to Ovio.
She assured attendees that this series would considerably increase appreciation for the creations of Nigerian artists and would serve as a welcome diversion from the hectic pace of life in Lagos and social issues.