Idubor Arts Gallery was established by the late Felix Idubor , a Sculptor , in 1958, as one of the many responses to the issue of creativity and the need for self assertion in Africa . It was located in Lagos , Nigeria for a little more than two decades before relocation to its present site in Benin City , Nigeria in 1970.
The late Felix Idubor was one of the foremost pioneers of re-defined art in Africa. While remaining true to the collective creative process with its plethora of motifs , he flowed with the tide of change and expressed himself as an individual artist, reconciling his past with his present in a most positive manner . His work titled ‘The Dream’ in 1958 re-echoes this even as it serves as the logo of the gallery long after he passed on.
Located opposite the entrance to Igun Quarters or street , where traditional Bini bronze art works were and are still produced , the gallery presents and reconciles the past with the present .
The Director of the Gallery, Mr. Ayo Idubor , is the first son of the late Felix Idubor . A renowned sculptor himself, Mr. Ayo Idubor is grounded in applied aesthetics.
From such pure fine art expression as the Queen Amina statue, in Liverpool , England , to the merge of the existing hotel -(Lixbor Hotel) , with the gallery, redirecting traffic through the gallery to the hotel, in a manner that would excite guests/visitors,Mr. Ayo Idubor could be said to have demonstrated what can be described as mastery through the years.
Idubor art Gallery stands as a link between the old and the new, showcasing forms and motifs that would inform a good present and an even better future.
The prolific art works produced by both The late Felix Idubor and The contemporary Mr. Ayo Idubor are vast resource pools for practicing artists.Working with traditional artists as well as training and inspiring generations of artists, Idubor Art Gallery aims at increasing the quality of life through exemplary exploratory and innovative approaches to ART WORK.
There is great emphasis on versatility here . The aesthetics of utility or function is recognized sufficiently here to enable engagement in works that are both useful and beautiful to behold. viz:-:
• Sculptures and Fountian
• Plaque and trophies
• Designed metal railings & Balustrade
• Sculptured Metal Gates
• Wood/Stone Carvings
• Wall Mural
• Relief sculptures, Ceramics & Teracotta
• Bronze and Copper works
• Rafia works