ARTful Dodger

We are going to kick the week off with an art gallery

I have to be honest with you, I had no idea we had art galleries here. So there I was researching and I stumbled on a couple. Who would have ‘thunk’ it. I quickly drew up a list and the first place I decided to check out was the Nimbus Art Gallery.

Nimbus Art Gallery is a modern day art gallery located in Ikoyi, Lagos which houses contemporary African art. It is located above Bogobiri Restaurant (the same person owns both) which also has a guest house. I hope that wasn’t too confusing. There are so many definitions of what contemporary African art is or should be, so I went there with a clear mind and really wasn’t sure what to expect.

They offer art evaluations, auctioning services and advisory services.

When we got there (as usual I dragged someone along), the first thing we saw was a little store. It’s called ‘hole in the wall’. They sell little knick knacks, which do not necessarily relate to African Art. I think the general idea was just to have a little store where people can pick up random things.


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I later noticed the top of the entrance. Danfo body parts are used to decorate the top of hole in the wall. How creative is that?(Danfo is a local form of transportation in Lagos).


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Beyonce and Tupac fans, you can always go to hole in the wall to buy this and hang up on your wall.

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Like I said, the little knick knacks are not really African related but they are things you can put up on a fridge or a mantle. When we were done looking around, we asked the lady there where the art gallery itself was and she showed us the stairs leading up to it. It’s on the first floor. Honestly we should have just followed the signs instead of bugging her. LOL


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I spotted some bicycles. of course I wanted to ride one, but I was told it’s for the staff and they use it to get around.


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These are the first things you see right before the stairs leading to the gallery itself. A message from the artist, who I suppose is being featured. (The owner wasn’t around so we couldn’t really get full explanations on everything). I really like this wooden chair but it’s definitely not the most comfortable.


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When you get to the top you see this entrance which is decorated using pebbles of some sort. You also notice that it’s sort of dark, but I guess it’s to add to the the whole natural African vibe. It’s not really big place but they make use of their space very well.


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Wole Soyinka


The Wole Soyinka painting was woven like a basket


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One thing you notice about Nimbus is that they just don’t have paintings. They have books, African set ups, structures, wall murals etc.

While looking at the paintings, if you get tired, they have a sort of lounge where you can sit and just enjoy the fresh air.


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