5 March – 28 April, 2024

Terrestrial Tapestry: Alimi Adewale at sketch London



London—Pearl Lam Galleries is delighted to announce its second exhibition at sketch London this March, Terrestrial Tapestry, showcasing the artworks of Nigerian artist Alimi Adewale. Terrestrial Tapestry delves into the exploration of African heritage, identity, and the human experience. Adewale invites viewers to rejoice in the unwavering beauty of the African spirit and the deep connection between the elements of the Earth. This collection of artworks aims to evoke a feeling of harmony and balance in our interaction with the natural world, urging viewers to engage with Africa’s past, present, and future.

Employing the media of painting, sculpture, and installation, Adewale delves into urban issues and the lives of ordinary people in metropolitan areas. His artwork scrutinises the repercussions of excessive urbanisation, rapid modern development, and the burgeoning global economy on society. By fusing elements of minimalism and abstraction, Adewale captures the intensity of cosmopolitan environments. His distinctive artistic style often incorporates rich textures, oil paint, and thick lumps of oil mediums, resulting in an uncommon sculptural finish.

At the heart of the exhibition lies Terrestrial Tapestry, a triptych painting that intricately weaves together the themes of humanity, nature, and serenity. Each of the three panels represents different aspects of terrestrial life, encouraging viewers to contemplate the interconnectedness of all living beings. The first panel vividly depicts terrestrial humans, illustrating their diverse stories of joy and resilience amidst a sprawling field. As individuals gaze outward, seemingly yearning to preserve our fragile Earth, the second panel seamlessly transitions into a breathtaking landscape. Hills cascade into verdant valleys, and the earth flows like shimmering ribbons, whilst trees sway in the gentle breeze, whispering the secrets of the ages through their foliage. Finally, the third panel presents a tranquil pastoral scene, featuring peacefully grazing sheep in a sun-kissed meadow. Time stands still as these gentle creatures roam amidst the golden grass, creating a symphony of textures against the earthy backdrop. This serene tableau serves as a reminder of simplicity, harmony, and a peaceful escape from the complexities of modern life. 

Goddess Within: Capturing Iya Nla and Iya Nla’s Gaze: A Window to the Soul are portrait paintings that symbolise the divine femininity and the essence of the Great Mother in Yoruba cosmology. The central figure, Iya Nla, represents strength, wisdom, and grace with her gaze and ancient wisdom. The paintings transcend time and space, celebrating the sacred feminine in all its forms. The works invite viewers to connect with their own inner goddess and recognise their potential to embody the sacred. 

Completing the exhibition is Symbiotic Connection: Embracing Earth’s Harmony, a pair of sculptures that portray the symbiotic relationship between humans and the Earth, emphasising our interdependence and responsibility as stewards of the planet. The tactile nature of the wood invites viewers to contemplate their role in nurturing and protecting the Earth. Through these sculptures, we are reminded of the inherent beauty and responsibility within our relationship with the natural world, inspiring us to treat the Earth with reverence and gratitude.

Alimi Adewale, says, “I am profoundly grateful for the platform provided by sketch that celebrates the power of art. I warmly welcome everyone to step into Terrestrial Tapestry. Together, let us explore the delicate balance between humanity and the natural world, emerging with a renewed commitment to cherish and protect our planet.” 

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