The Music Maker - Mood V
Solomon Irein Wangboje (Nigerian, 1930 – 1998)
DimensionsImage : 12 1/8 x 14 1/2 in. (30.8 x 36.83 cm)
Sheet : 14 x 17 in. (35.56 x 43.18 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelSolomon Wangboje studied art at the Nigeria College of Arts, Science and Technology in Zaria from 1955 to 1959, and later at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan from 1961 to 1963. He soon emerged as one of Nigeria’s most innovative printmakers and developed a national reputation for his images inspired by everyday Nigerian life. This print depicting a seated figure playing a Yoruba double-headed bata drum belongs to a series of images Wangboje created to celebrate traditional Nigerian music. From 1968 to 1971, Wangboje headed the Ori Olokun Workshop at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in Ibadan, which attempted to combine the experimental spirit of the original Osogbo Mbari Mbayo workshops with more sophisticated technical and intellectual foundations. The Ori Olokun workshop eventually evolved into the Department of Fine Art at the University of Ife, which in turn became one of the leading centers of contemporary Yoruba art production and theorizing in the 1980s and 90s.