Men hailing from Algeria, Nigeria, New York City and New Haven are featured in “Converging Paths” at City Lights Gallery‘s next show.
Fethi Menghelli, Tunde Odunlade, Robert Leung and Gordon Skinner are the artists, and you, the viewer, are encouraged to find the differences and similarities in the works and contemplate the expressions and creations of male artists from diverse backgrounds whose paths converge through their art
The show opens Thursday, February 16, and the opening reception is a week later, on Feb. 23. The show closes March 22.
About the artists:
Fethi Meghelli was born in Algeria. He received his BA in 1967 from the Algerian National School of Fine Arts. In 1974 he got his MFA from the Beaux Arts in Paris, where he received a 5 year scholarship. His artworks, in large and small scale, have been shown in numerous galleries and museums in the USA and internationally. His work is in diverse collections, including the Library of Congress. Meghelli says his artwork, drawn from his multicultural background, is based on stories about people and their beauty, dreams, folktales, tragedies and hopes. He uses a number of different media, including paint, printmaking and assemblage.
Robert Leung, who is orginally from the Bronx, presents work from a body of work that he calls “The Heart of Man Project,” a seminar that seeks to make men aware of the connection between their feelings and their power. Sculptures and works on paper reflect some of the conflict that men have and the unique ways in which men experience love.
Tunde Odunlade has a succesful career making and performing music, poetry and visual art. As a print and textile artist,he has exhibited, taught, lectured, studied and traveled extensively within Nigeria and throughout North America and Europe.His work is in the collections of several institutions including the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, the Victoria and Albeit Museum in London, the MacArthur Foundation Collection and the State House in Lagos, Nigeria, as well as in the collections of many individuals in the North America, Europe, and Nigeria.He lives in Ibadan, in the southwestern part of Nigeria.
Gordon Skinner is a City Lights exhibiting artist who lives in the New Haven area. Working from a unique Art Brut approach, his hardwork, sincere, honest search to express and create art that is comprised of his visual vocabulary, marks and applications of figures and color is an inspiration and a pleasure to be a part of. Some of his influences are Basquiat, Picasso and African imagery. His work has been exhibited throughout the Connecticut-New York area.