added 2/1/2021 (photographed for Yoruba exhibit in 2020)
added 2/1/2021 (photographed for Yoruba exhibit in 2020)
added 2/1/2021 (photographed for Yoruba exhibit in 2020)

Prosperity


Artist
Chief Zacheus Olowonubi Oloruntoba (Nigerian, 1934 – 2014)
Date
1991
Medium
Dyed silk thread on canvas
Dimensions
Work : 36 3/4 in. x 4 ft. 11 in. (93.35 cm x 1.5 m)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2017.40.2

Label

Zacheus Oloruntoba was born in Ogidi, Nigeria to a Yoruba chiefly family. He initially trained to become a traditional herbal doctor and shaman, but in the 1960s he switched to making paintings that were inspired by his shamanic dreams and visions. In the 1970s, Oloruntoba expanded his art practice and began making images by gluing coils of yarn onto sheets of canvas. In many cases, the dyes that colored the yarns were derived from plants used in Yoruba herbal medicine. As Oloruntoba once explained: “The dyes are not simply colors, they are medicines that endow the paintings with different therapeutic powers, depending on the figures involved and the colors used.” This surreal image of strange, hybrid creatures was intended not to cure an illness, but rather to bring prosperity and good luck to its owner.


Object Type
Textile