13/11/2022 - 03/12/2022

Contemporary - Painting

Victor Ubah - Hypnagogic

Victor Ubah reflects upon social infrastructure, self-determination and identity in his artistic practice. Influenced by the anime and popular cartoon animations he watched throughout his adolescence, he was inspired by the power of the image to communicate intricate ideas about identity and personality. His poetic visual language marries, one dimensional backgrounds with the expressive cubist geometry.

Cubism, the early 20th century avant-garde art movement led by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, revolutionized the representation of three dimensional forms by painting from many viewpoints, rather than a singular perspective. Similarly, Ubah’s acrylic portraits, present his subjects as multidimensional personalities existing within one dimensional social structures, thereby commenting on the symbiotic correlation of the individual to their community.

Ubah translates his subjects' personalities by rendering their countenance in a mosaic of protruding cubist forms, while attending to their gaze with a naturalist style. His attention to each figure’s personal fashion expressed through bold textile patterns and rich colour palettes amplifies his ethos that “there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.”

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