“I believe that life is not ordinary, but that there is a heroic, monumental, and divine capacity to the human spirit.” – Nnamdi Okonkwo
Nnamdi Okonkwo is an artist with the ability to capture the essence of emotion and translate it into sculpture. The voluminous figures in his sculpture reflect the human experience through expressive poses, while the minimalist features of some pieces honor the universal nature of the feelings his work portrays.
Here at Waxlander we are pleased to welcome Okonkwo back to the gallery and invite you to see his works.
Woman As Metaphor
“I realized that I could say so much with the female figure because of the depth of the noble human attributes such as Love, Life, Empathy, Serenity, Inner strength, etc. which it universally embodies.”
Okonkwo originally started sculpting the female form in order to explore its unique challenges, however as he delved into it he realized how much he could say with it. This is evident in his ability to express a range of feelings through his pieces. From the large, joyous, movements in ‘Celebration,’ to the nuanced downturn of the head in ‘Contemplation,’ he is able to convey an understanding of emotion.
The feminine figure also holds another special meaning to Okonkwo. Born in Eastern Nigeria, his indigenous culture is one that sees womanhood as something venerated and “mother is supreme.”
“There is an understanding that women share, even in a small way, with the creator, the sacred act of giving life. Perhaps this understanding of the dignity of womanhood inspires me to seek to honor women in my sculpture.”
Return To Waxlander
“It’s exciting for me to be showing at Waxlander again! I feel that working together we can be enormously successful in bringing my work to the notice of collectors that will find it meaningful and significant.”
Okonkwo’s return to Waxlander is a treat for both collectors and first-time viewers of the sculptor’s work, as well as for us in the gallery. Many existing collectors will have already worked with the gallery and know what to expect, while the location and reputation will allow more people to be exposed to his art.
“Waxlander has a very competent staff, and combined with the other intangibles such as location, reputation, etc, I feel rather fortunate to be able to have them represent me!”
“From experience there’s more success to be had when the new ideas are not contrived, but rather are spontaneous revelations that occur as the artist is engaged in work.”
After several years spent splitting his time between the studio and travels to market his work, Okonkwo is devoted to spending more time in creation this year. He’s excited to see what new directions his work will take as he explores new ideas and is able to give them the amount of time necessary to develop fully.
To see the evocative sculptures of Nnamdi Okonkwo, visit us here at Waxlander Gallery or view them on his artist page.