Nigerian Soldier Chilling


Nigeria

New Media
Size: 38.5 H x 41 W x 1.8 in

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Art Description

New Media: Acrylic and Digital on Canvas.

Medium: The medium is a combination of Digital printing and hand painting on canvas.


In Nigerian Soldier Chilling, a man dressed in a Major General uniform sits in an easy and relaxed position in an armchair. It is a multicoloured fabric club chair, and his left leg is on the left armrest of the chair.
On the surface, this is pure pop art, however there is a seriousness about this piece that belie the playfulness of the style. The artist uses this painting as a form of social commentary on the history of bad leadership in Nigeria, depicting its military leaders blindly ruling behind a metal screen.
It speaks to the current times of Nigeria, where a former military leader became elected the democratic president of the country. But Osadebe’s conceit neatly shows these masks to be just masks – the character in this painting is in a space that is not space; aside from his masks, he is not dressed or ready for the future.
The past repeats itself.
This concept can be applied in the context of today’s world where leaders rule their people with out empathy. However, Osadebe believes that by limiting the scope to the society in which the artist makes his work, it makes the message more powerful and relatable.

Keywords: Soldier, Chilling, Cozy, Helmet, Military

Subjects: Politics

Styles: Modern, Pop Art, Figurative, Portraiture

Mediums: Acrylic, Digital

Materials: Canvas

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