‘I really enjoyed the event, I thought that it was beautiful to get some of us out of Lagos to Lakowe, in terms of the tranquility and serenity and getting to see the work of Engr. Ibikunle Dashur. And seeing that this was a hobby/ passion that has then been used as cathartic expression to deal with certain life issues as we navigate life. It’s also quite inspiring because it shows you that sometimes the power to heal is within you. It’s been also nice to meet other people, to meet people from the Society for Art Collection and to see that within the chaotic energy that Lagos sometimes bring that there is an element of people that are trying to give us a sense of escapism, a space of reflection and restoration with Art.’ – Dr. Adun Okupe.
‘I learnt more about art, it was enlightening and insightful. I enjoyed being surrounded by art which spoke to me at different ways. I take my weekend seriously so believe me when I say this was a day well spent. Thank you for having me.’ – Mrs. Ifeoma Utah.
‘I am delighted to experience the work and passion of a Nigerian artist, get insight into his creative and visualization process. I feel lucky to be part of a group of people who share this experience and deepen my understanding of art and its appreciation. I encourage more people to join the Society to be part of this well curated event.’ – Megha Joshi.
These, among others, were comments shared by members and friends of the Society for Art Collection during the visit to Engineer Ibikunle Dashur’s private gallery and studio located Lakowe Lakes and Resort, Lakowe, Ibeju-Lekk, Lagos, on Saturday, May 1, 2021. This, among other events & functions, is how the Society aims to educate the public on art collection and art appreciation.
Touring his private gallery, a modern and tastefully designed duplex with solely his artworks exhibited, Engineer Dashur further shared his personal experience and connection with each of his paintings. While some guests explored his art by personally interpreting them, others enjoyed the moments, sharing how appealing and engaging the works were to them.
The tour also featured a practical session at his studio, where Dashur showed his creative processes with a detailed explanation of how and what makes his works unique. It was an avenue to learn, have fun and network with other art enthusiasts and collectors.
Collecting art not only helps individuals appreciate and support the creative works of artists, it also gives the opportunity to share in the artists’ creative space and thought process. This remains the goal of this ‘Art Studio Tour’ initiative which is aimed at providing our members with the ‘behind the scenes’ experience on the artists’ creative process.
Engr. Ibikunle Dashur has become a well-recognized artist who is contributing to minimalism, expressionism and abstraction art infused with stylized portraits, landscapes, figurative expressions and humanism. He is greatly inspired and influenced by postwar abstract art and artists, with an adopted unique style of wet-on-wet build-up of colors, smeared and scraped layers of paint and colors across on canvas and wood. His work encompasses the expressive gestures of action painting, intuitiveness in expressionism and sometimes color field painting.
He is the president of Construct Mache Group, a Construction, real estate and project design Group of Companies based in Nigeria, with offices in Lagos and Abuja. He is a seasoned construction/project management consultant, with over two decades of practical experience in the industry.