WorldCat Identities

Olowu, Elizabeth 1939-

Works: 10 works in 12 publications in 1 language and 14 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs 
Classifications: NB1099.N53,
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Elizabeth Olowu
Of bronzes and prints : a mother/daughter perspective : an exhibition of sculptures, reliefs and prints held at Goethe-Institut Lagos, 14th-25th June, 2003( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bronze and Prints are two art media, which evoke much passion in Nigeria today. The former is old, time-honoured, historic and royal while the latter is new, exciting, and amenable to experimentation. The mention of Bronze immediately calls to mind the role which Bronze plaques, created by Benin artists, played in immortalizing the glory of the erstwhile Benin Empire. Even today, bronze casting is still very important as a medium of artistic expression in Benin City. Added to this background, Elizabeth and Peju are both daughter and granddaughter of the Benin monarch, Oba Akenzua II, the custodian of the great culture which the art has helped to preserve. It would be very difficult for these two artists to have resisted the urge to adopt bronze as their primary medium. But Elizabeth had a great obstacle to overcome before she would use bronze to cast her pieces. At the point she started her practice, a traditional taboo in Benin City prevented women from the all-male profession. She negotiated and got permission from her father, the Oba, to practice bronze casting. This became a breakthrough as a pioneer artist, for herself and Nigerian women artists in general. Here lies her importance in the development of contemporary Nigerian art."--Bruce Onobrakpeya, page 4
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.88 (from 0.78 for Of bronzes ... to 0.99 for Embodying ...)

English (12)