Collectors see Nigerian art as the next hot property with works by a new generation of artists fetching up to 65,000 pounds or approximately 100,500 dollars, in recent international auctions. With the Chinese art market slowing, auctioneers think the ‘Scramble for Africa’ might be the next boom region.
The 24-year-old’s success is only part of the huge global rise and rise in the value of modern and contemporary African art that is being described as the new scramble for Africa.
Babajide Olatunji is adding the finishing touches to his latest work. It is part of the Nigerian artist’s Tribal Mark series of giant portraits – all bearing the tribal scars on their faces.
His giant works are produced in charcoals and pastels and are so photo realistic they are regularly confused as produced by a camera and not a human hand…
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