Toheeb Ibrahim (b.1993) received his National Fine and Applied Arts diploma from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife. Toheeb was born in the state of Ondo. After that, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Fine and Applied Arts. Toheeb comes from a family of artists; his brother and sister are also creative professionals. In order to make his works, the figurative and collage artist Toheeb uses Aso Oke and thread, and he also occasionally employs acrylic paint in his process. His skills in textile design enable him to weave his own Aso Oke, which he then incorporates into his collages.
His visit to the home of one of the most significant art collectors in Nigeria, Omo Oba Yemisi Shylon, where he observed a massive piece of artwork made with colourful thread, served as the impetus for the creation of his masterpiece. Today, Toheeb is most accurately characterized as an artist who works in the style of figurative collage, describing the lives of the elderly and everything else that is around him. His works are colorful and vibrant, and they feature various textures and contrasts. He has taken part in a number of art exhibitions and art auctions in Nigeria, including the Life in My City Art Festival (LIMCAF) from 2016 until the present, Arthouse Contemporary 2018, the Sogal Art Auction 2018, MODHAFEST 2020, and LASGIDI 2021, THE HANDSHAKE 2022, Affordable Artfair 2022, to name but a few of these events.
Mixed media (thread collage and traditional hand woven fabric on canvas), 35 x 31.5
Mixed media (thread collage and traditional hand woven fabric on canvas), 91.44 x 76.2cm
Mixed media (thread collage and traditional hand woven fabric on canvas), 3 x 4 feet
Virtuous Woman, 2022
Mixed media (thread collage and traditional hand woven fabric on canvas), 91.44 * 76.2cm
Away from our Hands, 2022
Mixed media (thread collage and traditional hand woven fabric on canvas), 48 x 36 inches
Our old old heritage, courteous, honourable, irreplaceable, great, solid, exquisite, special. Back back then it was our life, our hope, our culture, our strength, our pride, our society, our morals but slowly away from our hands it slips right in front of our sight classifying it as a setback,a black image, leaving out its importance in our daily morals and then we complain morals has gone into extinction in this generation how would there be when none is taking cognizance of what’s necessary.
Are we to continue like this? When would we wake up to the drowning light of our heritage? Oh how bad would our forefathers feel? Oh how well would they query us in the after life?let’s put up all that is necessary and build on a better heritage which they have left down for us. Instead of slipping out out of our hands let us slip into our hands the more.
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