BLACK SOLILOQUY: Omari Booker, Jimmy Nwanne, Birhane Worede

5 February - 20 March 2022
Overview

Urevbu Contemporary is honored to present Black Soliloquy, an exhibition of new paintings by three artists: Omari Booker, Jimmy Nwanne, and Birhane Worede. Like the dramatic device from which the exhibition draws its title, their paintings may be viewed through the lens of contemplative, introspective discourse. In applying paint to canvas, these artists give external expression to interior thoughts and construct images out of ideas. Opening during Black History Month, Black Soliloquy is a celebration of Black art across the globe, bringing together the work of a trio of artists from the United States, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. Deeply human, their figurative paintings reveal the diverse and rich spectrum of Black experiences and Black histories. 

 

Works
  • Birhane Worede, Exciting Chaos, 2021
    Birhane Worede, Exciting Chaos, 2021
  • Birhane Worede, Fear, 2021
    Birhane Worede, Fear, 2021
  • Birhane Worede, Survival, 2021
  • Birhane Worede, The Blue Period, 2022
  • Jimmy Nwanne, Feather Flakes, 2020
    Jimmy Nwanne, Feather Flakes, 2020
  • Jimmy Nwanne, Presentation, 2021
    Jimmy Nwanne, Presentation, 2021
  • Jimmy Nwanne, I Am, 2021
    Jimmy Nwanne, I Am, 2021
  • Jimmy Nwanne, Behold, 2021
    Jimmy Nwanne, Behold, 2021
  • Jimmy Nwanne, Educaution, 2021
    Jimmy Nwanne, Educaution, 2021
  • Omari Booker, Blue Figure, 2021
    Omari Booker, Blue Figure, 2021
  • Omari Booker, La Maquina , 2021
    Omari Booker, La Maquina , 2021
  • Omari Booker, The Suit , 2021
    Omari Booker, The Suit , 2021
  • Omari Booker, My Dad Went to Harvard, 2019
  • Omari Booker, Black Boy Fly, 2020
    Omari Booker, Black Boy Fly, 2020
  • Omari Booker, Dressed to Kill, 2021
    Omari Booker, Dressed to Kill, 2021
  • Omari Booker, Look at Us, 2021
    Omari Booker, Look at Us, 2021
Installation Views
Press release

Urevbu Contemporary is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2022 titled “Black Soliloquy” featuring a trio of emerging Black artists to watch from Ethiopia, Nigeria and the US.  The public opening reception will be held on Saturday, Feb 5 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Masks are required. The exhibition will be on view through February 28, 2022.

 

About the exhibition:

Black Soliloquy, is an exhibition of new paintings by three artists: Omari Booker, Jimmy Nwanne, and Birhane Worede. Like the dramatic device from which the exhibition draws its title, their paintings may be viewed through the lens of contemplative, introspective discourse. In applying paint to canvas, these artists give external expression to interior thoughts and construct images out of ideas. Opening during Black History Month, Black Soliloquy is a celebration of Black art across the globe, bringing together the work of a trio of artists from the United States, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. Deeply human, their figurative paintings reveal the diverse and rich spectrum of Black experiences and Black histories.

 

About the artists

Omari Booker is a visual artist based in Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN. He learned his B.S. in Graphic Design from Tennessee State University. Painting in oil is Omari’s predominant medium, but he also works in mixed media where charcoal, ink, and found objects are essential building blocks of his work. Large-scale work has been a constant creative outlet for Omari, and murals have also become a consistent part of his creative practice.

 

Jimmy Nwanne was born in Kaduna, Nigeria. He studied fine arts at Nnamdi

Azikiwe University, Awka Nigeria, with a major in painting. He currently lives and

works in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Layered and energetic, Jimmy's recent paintings contemplate the realities of existence and of daily experience. He embraces painting as his instrument to give visual expression to his innermost thoughts.

 

Birhane Worede (b.1998) lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He graduated in 2021 with highest honors as a gold medal student in Painting from Addis Ababa University, Ale School of Fine Art and Design.  Birhane previously obtained a certificate of fine art from the Russian Culture and Art Center in Addis Ababa.  Birhane currently works as a full-time studio artist in Addis Ababa. Birhane's dynamic figurative paintings are kinetic and lively, and his artwork is imbued with a strong sense of movement consistent with his background in contemporary dance