A contemporary mixed media African artist, Christopher will debut new body of works in celebration of his first solo outing in an gallery. Drawing inspiration from the northern part of #Nigeria where he was born, he will explore various elements pertaining to African life. A lover of found objects and materials, Ankeli’s collection features colourful landscapes interwoven with the eccentricities of seasonal African climates, vibrant townships heaving with the excitement of rural life and feminine forms distinctive of Ankeli’s style. Image credit: Ankeli, courtesy of the Chuck Gallery
Born in March 1972, Christopher hails from Kaduna, in the northern part of Nigeria and is from a family of 9 children. He graduated with a Higher National Diploma in painting from Kano State Polytechnic in 2003 and has been in the art practice since. Although he studied in Kano, he received most of his training and exposure to art from Ahmadu Bello University where he had his industrial training. While there, he had the privilege of working under some renowned names in the northern art scene, including a period of tutelage under Professor Tony Okpe, professor of sculpture at the Ahmadu Bello University
Christopher’s northern roots influence his art practice, especially his landscape paintings. His influences also stem from the loss of his mother, channelling this tragedy to create paintings that communicate strength, resilience and character. His work predominantly involves using paint; however, he likes to explore adopting unconventional materials such as coconut shells, found clothing material and sawdust for his art pieces. Watercolours are also preferred media for Ankeli particularly for his landscapes, offering a different perspective to his playful and somewhat cartoonish portrayal of family life. Gallery Address:
Chuck Art Gallery 166 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 0AF
Salvage II – ends 2nd of December 2018
Gallery opening hours:
11AM to 6PM. Monday – Friday
1PM to 5PM. Saturday
1PM to 5PM. Sunday
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