VICTOR EKPUT: CONNECTING LINES ACROSS SPACE AND TIME(hardcover)
This book captures the full essence of Victor Ekpuk’s work as an artist of global reputation, a master of mysterious scripts, ancient signs and symbols. His messages, encrypted in nsibidi and other symbols and signs, find expressions in paintings, illustrations, cartoons and murals. In this book, twelve talented authors reflect on the artist, his background, the foundation of his creativity, and the interpretations of his symbolic messages. Essays by: Amanda Carlson Ph.D, Sylvester Ogbechie Ph.D, Smooth Ugochukwu Ph.D, Dele Jegede (Professor Emeritus), Allyson Purpura Ph.D, Andrea Frohne Ph.D, Moyo Okediji Ph.D, Dr. Imo Nse Imeh, Kunle Filani Ph.D, Dr. Ukpong Onoyom, Toyin Falola Ph.D, Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju, Aderonke Adesanya Ph.D, and Dr. Christopher Adejumo. Victor Ekpuk is a Nigerian-American artist. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University, Ife, Nigeria in 1989. His work explores the human condition, drawing upon a wide spectrum of meaning that is rooted in African and global contemporary art discourses. Ekpuk’s works have been exhibited at Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, The Tang museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, 12th Havana Biennial, Dakar Biennial, Hood Museum, Krannert Art Museum, Fowler Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Newark Museum, The World Bank, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the 1st Johannesburg Biennial. His artworks are in collections of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, Brooks Museum, The World Bank, Newark Museum, Hood Museum, Krannert Art Museum, United States Art in Embassies Art Collection. In 2016, Ekpuk designed trophies for The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art’s first African Art Awards, one of which was awarded to Yinka Shonibare, MBE. In 2017 he completed a large-scale centerpiece mural at the North Carolina Museum of Art, as well as a mural at the Memphis Brooks Museum.