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Giant Head of Gbenga in Profile
Giant Head of Gbenga in Profile

© the artist. Photo credit: Sheffield Museums

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This was the first profile portrait painted by Nahem Shoa in a series of 28 'Giant Head' portraits that he made between 2000 and 2006. Each sitter has his mouth slightly open as if in conversation with each other. This portrait shows Gbenga Ilumoka, his good friend and ex-student.

'I try to define something very intimate about the sitters, their inner presence, completely opposite to the huge scale I paint them in. My aim is to capture a duality of the inner and the outer world, where the paint and the human merge and to become a living reality'. (Nahem Shoa)

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Giant Head of Gbenga in Profile




oil on canvas


H 121.9 x W 121.9 cm

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presented by the artist, 2017

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