About this Painting
Condition : New
Signature : Signed by Artist
Certificate of Authenticity : Included
Frame : Not Framed.
Title : Nothing Up My Sleeves
Medium : Acrylic on Canvas
Size : 44 X 54 in
Size : 112 X 137 cm
About the Artist : Matthew Eguavoen
Matthew Eguavoen (born 1987), is a rising contemporary artist from Edo State, currently living in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. He attended the University of Port Harcourt , where he attained a Bachelors in Science for Civil Engineering and Structures. In his final year at the university of Port Harcourt, Matthew decided to pursue his passion for creating art through self study, where he continued his artistic development.
Matthew is a full time contemporary painter, he depicts his figurative and portrait subjects using a combination of oil paint, acrylic paint, charcoal, and graphite pencils to document stories that encompass the emotions and demeanor of his muse to the viewer of his work.
Matthew uses his work to address the societal, economic, and political views across the complex intersectionality that Nigerians face in different facets of life.
Love, the interaction between lovers, and potential lovers are subjects Matthew explores in his figurative and portrait paintings. He depicts the vulnerability and openness associated with expressing the feelings of love, as well as the apprehension of protecting ones self from heart break and ulterior motives.
His work addresses the lack of awareness on mental health, especially depression. Due to the stigma associated with mental health, conversations about depression are not often had, hence information, and resources required to deal with depression are sparse.
The effect of societal pressures and timelines set on youths to achieve certain goals by a specific age (marriage, financial goals, family responsibilities), and the mental toll that arises while trying to attain these landmarks are also common issues addressed in Matthews work.
Matthew also addresses the lack of justice in society for the typical Nigerian, in comparison to the way the justice system treats the rich and political class.
Matthews works are featured in collections across West Africa, Europe, and North America.
- Art in Medicine, Art For Mental Health. 2020.
- Art Number 23, London. African Art Exhibition. November 2019.