Visual Arts Practices in Nigeria: A Historical Approach

By Hyacinth Chidozie Ngumah.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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The paper is aimed at exploring the practices of Nigerian visual arts from a historical approach. It specifically identifies the visual art forms in the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial periods, bringing to light the uniqueness in the various art practices, documenting the art practices in Nigeria and their historical context. The paper also discusses the methods and techniques of execution and prevalent media in the various areas of art, particularly painting, sculpture, and ceramics in a minimal manner. These areas were focused on because of their historical importance in African art, particularly during the pre-colonial period. A survey research method was adapted. Major art works were briefly highlighted. The use of photographs and interviews was adapted. Also, an observational technique was utilized to confirm literature.

Keywords: Visual Arts, Art Practice, Art Media, Historical Approach

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2014, pp.1-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 4, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.331MB)).

Hyacinth Chidozie Ngumah

Principal Lecturer, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, School of Agric/Vocational Studies, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo, Nigeria

Dr. Ngumah, H.C. is a painter,sculptor as well as an art historian. He studied Fine & Applied Arts at University of Benin, Benin City for his degree program. He obtained his Masters and Ph.D.in Art History from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1998 and 2003 respectively. Dr. Ngumah is a Principal lecturer at Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria and currently the head, Department of Applied Arts. He has to his credit well over 50 papers published in accredited journals and participates in conferences/seminars.He also has featured in many group exhibitions and editor to many journals.