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© Nahem Shoa. Presented by the artist, 2017. Museums Sheffield
Giant Head of Gbenga Profile
Date Made/Found: 2003
Artist: Nahem Shoa , British, born 1968
Donor: Nahem Shoa , British, born 1968
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Support: 1219 × 1219mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.5981
This was the first profile portrait painted by Nahem Shoa in a series of 28 Giant Head portraits that he made between 2000 and 2006. Each sitter has his mouth slightly open as if in conversation with each other. This portrait shows Gbenga Ilumoka, his good friend and ex-student. "I try to define something very intimate about the sitters, their inner presence, completely opposite to the huge scale I paint them in. My aim is to capture a duality of the inner and the outer world, where the paint and the human merge and to become a living reality”. Nahem Shoa Many of Shoa’s black friends, who posed for him over the years, felt that the only images of black people in museums and galleries were of slaves or servants, which they naturally found very negative. Shoa therefore painted these portraits to reflect the multi-cultural world we live in today and has presented many of them to museums and galleries across the British Isles to redress this issue.
Display Location: In Store
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