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I am a visual artist using paper cutting to create my painting style.

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ABOUT ME

I am an experimental artist and I explore various mediums to express my self. Eg: paper, plastic and silk threads. 

BIOGRAPHY

Abigail studied fine and applied arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA). The Uli symbols she uses in her paintings is synonymous with the Nsukka Art School as it became part of her style. With an interest in fashion and a degree in painting, she was able to integrate both, and created fashion inspired paintings. Her paintings depict everyday life as she tries to capture nature and beauty while highlighting human struggles. In 2016 she was sponsored to a training in China where she learned the Chinese paper cutting. On her return, she adopted it as paper cutting and fused it to her paintings. In 2018, she was selected as the first African to be the International Invited Artist for the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival at Pensacola, Florida-USA based on her style. Prominient in her paintings is the depiction of the female figure and predominant on the figures is the portrayal of the Afro hairstyles which connotes feminine strength. Abigail is a member and Secretary General of the Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEAAN) and Ferrum-ArtHouse, Switzerland. She works and lives in Abuja-Nigeria. 

TECHNIQUE

I use the paper cutting technique in my works to create my paintings. This involves folding, cutting out designs and gluing the paper to the portion of the painting selected. More lines are applied over these designs with acrylic paints to create more intricate patterns. 

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions
2020: Rising Through The Shadows, Café De Vie, Abuja Nigeria (Catalogued)

2020: Afro Infusion, British Village Inn, Abuja Nigeria (Catalogued)

2019: City People II, Nsibidi.The Gallery, Abuja, Nigeria (Catalogued)

2017: City People I (Using Paper Cutting Technique) Coco Café Abuja, Nigeria (Catalogued)

Selected Group Exhibitions 2020:Therapeutic Art & Mental Health Resources, Virtual Art Exhibition with US Embassy Abuja 

2020: Art.Voice.Power, Elimination of Violence Against Women & Girls, Novarre Gateway, Abuja (Catalogued)
2020: Each for Equal, Bringing Equal Growth & Development, British High Commission Residence, Lagos
2020: GUNDUA-Art Exhibitionon Sexual & Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Nsibidi The Gallery, Abuja
2019: Arkane Afrika, Exposition Internationale D’Art Contemporain D’Afrique, Morocco (Catalogued)
2019: Youth & Creativity to mark the Queens Birthday, British High Commissioner’s Residence, Abuja (Catalogued)
2019: Gift of Blood, Kulture Kode Art Gallery, Abuja (Catalogued)
2019: Audacious, Nsibidi The Gallery, Abuja (Catalogued)
2019: Uncovered Female Nigerian Artists, British Village Inn, Abuja (Catalogued)
2019: Balance for Better, Women Unite, Nike Art Gallery, Lagos (Catalogued)

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