About Ben Ibebe

Ben

  • 1966 born at Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria
  • Full time studio Artist, Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Married with three children

Artist's Statement

The inspiration for my Art comes from people. How they respond to social, economic, political and economic forces in their daily living. The issues, ideas and events arising from mans quest to contain and contend with these forces form the subject of my paintings. Given this background, my paintings are highly figurative with women accorded prominent attention in my composition. Recently, my fixation is on the effect of Western Attitudes, Globalisation, Human trafficking, Technology e.g. G.S.M. on the African woman. Men come into in my compositions but they come in mostly as allegories in my political statements and are highly stylized. Other times they are presented as engaged in male activities; drummers, horse riders, cattle herders etc. Of note are the series of my paintings on restive youths. These deal with the issues of civil unrest and rioting among the various ethnic youths especially in the Niger Delta. I am not a landscape painter but do paint them to highlight certain human activities such as the series of market scenes and Urban slums. In the first, the harsh living reality and exciting human spectacle of buying and selling at an African market day are showcased. In the second, people living on stilt houses on water in the urban towns of Lagos and Port Harcourt are captured.

Education

  • 1978 L.A. primary school Ughelli, Delta State
  • 1986 First School Leaving Certificate, Ogbavweni Grammar School, Usiefron Delta State
  • 1994 B.A. Visual Arts, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State
  • 1995 National Youth Service Corp in studio International Artist, Mr Tayo Quaye

Exhibits

  • 1994: Group Graduating Final Exhibition
  • 1999: Mindscapes: a 4-man group exhibition, Alliance Francaise Kaduna
  • 2001: Offering from the knife I/II. Solo exhibition Zaki Club. Sponsored by Mr & Mrs Wintenberger, PAN Nig. Ltd.
  • 2001: New note new strokes: Solo exhibition Uniport 18th Convocation
  • 2002: My collection: Solo exhibition NAF Club to mark Easter Celebration
  • 2003: Evolution Alliance Francaise, Kaduna.
  • 2004 April: From the palette knife", Shell Trustees' Estate, Abuja, sponsored by Vincent Del Buono & Jennifer Pothier
  • 2004 October: 52 women, Shell Trustees Estate, Abuja, sponsored by Vincent Del Buono & Jennifer Pothier
  • 2005: Organised confusion 10-man group exhibition Alliance Francaise Kaduna
  • 2006 September: "Freedom", Shell Trustees Estate, Abuja, sponsored by Vincent Del Buono & Jennifer Pothier
  • 2007: Group Show Crocodile CLUB kaduna
  • 2008: 2nd Group Show Crocodile Club
  • 2009: Represented Nigeria at the international leadership forum USA to promote Tolerance in a multi- racial society using the ARTS
  • 2009: Group Show Columbus Art centre Toronto sponsored by the Univ. of Toronto Health centre and the Nigerian Embassy in Canada
  • 2010:1st Solo Pump House Show Niagara on the Lake, Canada
  • 2011: Solo Exhibition of my NEW WORKS to mark Italian National Day at the Italian Ambassador's residence, sponsored by the Italian Embassy,Nigeria
  • 2012: Solo Exhibition at the Ashanti Gallery Abuja, hosted by Christine Gerlach
  • 2012: 2nd Solo Pump House Show, Niagara on the Lake,Canada sept.23rd to nov. 25th
  • 2013: "One out of Many," Mayfair, London, March 12 - 16
  • 2015: Cote d'ivoire exhibit, Bibiotheque nationale, Cote d'iviore, May to June, hosted by Nigerian Embassy and Ambassador Ify Chinwuba
  • 2015: Freedom Rythym, Kalahari Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, hosted by Angela Hope Weusi
  • 2015: "New Works," Davis-Linden building, Dayton Ohio, hosted by the Collaboratory with Peter Benkendorf, Nov 21
  • 2015:  Workshops (2), University of Dayton, Ohio
  • 2016: "An Exhibition of Oil Impasto Paintings Lagos," Sponsored by Signature-Beyond, Lagos, Nigeria, May 7-14
  • 2016: "Ben Ibebe - New Works," Front Street Buildings, Dayton Ohio, hosted by the Collaboratory, Aug 19 -21
  • 2017: Niagara Artists Centre, Ontario, Canada, June 3-16
  • 2017: "World Premier Jazz Series and New Works," Front Street Buildings, Dayton Ohio, July 6 - 16