Sunday, 16 April 2017

Pa Fasuyi, 82, Still Painting

…as SNA, NGA honour him By Japhet Alakam One of the founding fathers of Nigerian art, Pa
Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi will be 82 on
Wednesday. He was one of the pioneer students
of Nigeria College of Arts and Science , now
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, an art teacher,
Artist, an educationist, former Federal art adviser who took over from late Ben Enwonwu in 1969,
he established the first cultural centre, TAFAS
cultural centre in Lagos and was instrumental to
the development of art and culture in Nigeria. Pa Fasuyi explaining one of his works to the press In line with one of the stanzas of the national
anthem which read, “the labours of our heroes
past shall never be in vain” the Nigeria art
community, the Society of Nigeria Arts SNA, the
National Gallery of Arts and family and friends of
Pa Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi will from Monday roll out drums in celebration of the man, who gave all
to the arts, for his contributions to the
development of arts in Nigeria. The activities will feature an exhibition,
presentation of the first publication of his life,
works by the National Gallery of Arts, a
colloquium by the Society of Nigerian Artists, art
competition and others. Addressing the press recently, Pa Fasuyi disclosed
that the programme which will all take place at
Resource Place, 1 Badagry Street, Akon Villas,
Ikeja will kick off tomorrow, with a colloquium
organised by the Society for Nigerian Artists
(SNA) on the theme, Retrospective-Sixty years of Easel Experience. The event which will be be chaired by Justice S O
Ilori, will have Prof Adamu Beikie, first Nigerian
Artist to become a vice chancellor as the special
guest of honour, while Price Yemisi Shyllo, Chief
Joe Musa, Alhaji Abdulahi Muku, DG National
gallery, and Chief Yinka Fasuyi as special guests. On Tuesday, there will be a panel discussion on
theme, Adebanjo Fasuyi;His contributions to Art
Education In Nigeria, it will be chaired by Prof
Bruce Onobrakpeya while the discussants will be
Mr Kolade Oshinowo, Mr Oliver Enwonwu, Dr
Simon Ikpakoronyi, Prof Jerry Buhari, Mr Mike Omighe and Mr Benard Aina. This will be followed
by a thanksgiving service on Wednesday and on
Thursday, a drawing competition among students
in higher institutions in Lagos for the Fasuyi Prize
and ends on Saturday with the AGM SNA Lagos
by 3 pm and dinner with artists and friends in the evening. One good thing about Pa Timothy Adebanjo
Fasuyi is that even at 82, he is full of life and still
painting. For the very fact that he does not want
his labours to be in vain, he is also marking his 82
birthday with a historic art exhibition tagged 60
years of Experience with the Eazel and relaunching of his gallery TAFAS Legacy Gallery, taking it to
where it was 40 years ago so as to house his
permanent collections for posterity.

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