NOTE ON THE ARTIST:
Barthosa Nkurumeh is an artist and art educator. Nkurumeh received his formal art training
at the University of Nigeria, synonymous with the Uli style, an established school in contemporary Nigerian art. He further
attended Teachers College-Columbia University in New York and University of North Texas in Denton for doctoral studies. From
1993-2000, Nkurumeh taught art at Cheyney University and Clarion University, Pennsylvania. His earlier compositions were
textured and balanced with patterns borrowed from Uli body decorations, traditional wall paintings, carved doors, domestic
and ritual objects. Over the years, Nkurumeh has developed a repertoire of symbols that are recurrent in his art. Since
the 1970s, he has worked in several media including metal-smithing, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking and painting.
Recently his art and articles have appeared in some publications including Contemporary African Art, ST. James Guide to Black
Artists, The Anthill Annual, West Africa, The Nsukka Artists and Nigeria Contemporary Art, and Responding to Art.
visual activism can be grouped into four distinctive evolutionary stages. These progressive units are the Pre-Nsukka Years
(1970-1982), the Nsukka School Decade (1983- 1992), Home Stories Interval (1992- 1996), and Cyberscapes Era (1997-date).
FROM THE ARTIST'S DIARY
My art is a visual diary of my life. In my work, the viewer will notice a dialogue between
aesthetics and symbolism. My concern is not to copy nature but to make
contemplative statements about life: about its
complexity, about its uncertainty, and about the vitality of our collective existence. Visual narrative and intellectual
rigor are explicit in my work.
On the surface, my art appears to have changed in the course of traveling, schooling
and working in America but that linear rendition of form resulting from the training at Nsukka is still intrinsic in my art.
The choice to share my knowledge is as important as the process of creating my own works. I am interested in promoting works
of others artists who are in contact with me because I view my art profession as public service.
WHAT ART CRITICS AND WRITERS SAY:
"A true citizen of the world... Nkurumeh's hybrid art- drawings, prints, paintings,
sculptures- imaginatively and successfully bridges his two homelands in its form, subject matter, and content." -Dr.
Robert Bersson, Professor Emeritus of Art and Art Education, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
This site is maintained by Barthosa Nkurumeh for Ulonka House of Art.