ArtistBruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, b. 1932)
MediumEmbossed metal foil on plywood
DimensionsPlate : 33 x 23 3/8 in. (83.82 x 59.37 cm)
Panel : 35 3/4 x 26 1/4 x 7/8 in. (90.81 x 66.68 x 2.22 cm)
Frame : 37 1/4 x 28 in. (94.62 x 71.12 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
Bruce Onobrakpeya studied art at the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology. In 1958, he joined the Zaria Arts Society, which aimed to “de-colonize” Nigerian art by integrating indigenous Nigerian aesthetics and content into the various European-style art traditions that were taught in many schools. During the 1960s and 70s, Onobrakpeya ran an influential print workshop that provided training for hundreds of young Nigerian artists. This print is an example of an innovative technique developed by Onobrakpeya in which he pressed metal foil over a relief plate to create an embossed design. He then applied resin to the back of the foil to solidify the design and affixed it to a wood panel for added strength. The highly stylized image incorporates influences from traditional Nigerian woodcarving, textiles and ceramics.