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Victor Ehikhamenor 30 - THE HOLY KING FROM THE SKY

Victor Ehikhamenor 30 - THE HOLY KING FROM THE SKY

Artwork details

Mixed media | Rosary beads, rhinestones, thread on lace material and canvas
Dimensions: 244 x 233 cm
Artist VAT Number: 387022786

Exhibited work

£130,000
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Currently on display in Gallery I

Part of Reclaiming magic: Yinka Shonibare’s picks for 2021

Victor Ehikhamenor is a Nigerian-born artist whose broad practice encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, and unique works on paper. His richly patterned, hypnotic works use symbolism from both Edo traditional religion and Catholicism, considering the confluence of African and Western cultures.

This heavily decorative hanging has the appearance of embellished chain armour, albeit one woven from beads and crucifixes. It is one of a series of black and red ‘rosary’ works depicting faceless, cloaked figures suggestive of priests, kings, warriors and angels. Considering spiritual traditions and religious hierarchies, this series reflects upon the artist’s own descent from the Benin Empire and the history of British colonialism. In Ehikhamenor’s words: “To this day, the Benin monarch and his chiefs still dress like Catholic priests. The garment now represents royalty and one of the main codes of dressing of the Benin people, of which I am a part.”

Ehikhamenor has exhibited his work internationally in group and solo presentations. He represented Nigeria in the Venice Biennale in 2017. Since 2015, he has run the initiative, ‘Ink Not Blood’, which uses art, writing, cartoons, and lectures to fight political violence in Nigeria. Ehikhamenor lives between Lagos, Nigeria and Maryland, USA.

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