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About the Artist: A Fresh Take, Ibe Ananaba

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B. 1976, Belgium.

Ibe Ananaba studied Fine and Applied Arts at the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria, where he majored in Painting and graduated with Distinction, in 1999. He is a multidisciplinary visual storyteller whose art focuses on socio-cultural issues that affect contemporary living. Always willing to push creative boundaries, he enjoys experimenting with traditional and non-conventional mediums in his art creations in his search for new experiences. Beyond his studio practice, his diverse creative skills span across mural painting, illustration, graphic designs, art direction and cartooning.

He remotely volunteers as Chief Coordinator Studio programs for a non-profit organization - Girl Child Art Foundation. Ibe is listed in the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. Awarded the 1st Prize Winner of Art Masters Contest, Art Vancouver 2019, he has exhibited in Nigeria, South Africa, U.S.A., London, Germany, Israel, Canada and Senegal. He recently executed the Diversity Mural in Berwick, Nova scotia that featured in SaltWire publication. Ibe is a member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia and Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia.

Ibe's artistic contributions have been recognized as valuable case studies for project theses by scholars from various universities across Nigeria. His works have been featured in notable publications such as "FASHION: A SECOND LANGUAGE"; (Shoko Press, London, 2020);WATERCOLOR ARTISTS MAGAZINE; ("Making a Goal"; - April Edition, 2019), "MASTERS OF WATERCOLORS"; (Planeta Muzyki Publishers, Finland, 2018), and; "ARTISTS OF NIGERIA"; (5 Continents Editions, 2010). Additionally, his illustrations have been showcased in publications like "FASHION ILLUSTRATION AFRICA - A New Generation"; (Shoko Press, London, 2016) and: "ARTIST OF NIGERIA"; (5 Continents Edition, Italy, 2012), among numerous others.

In 2023, Ibe served as a panelist, presenting; "Black Fashion Is Art"; during the 14th edition of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts at Art Basel in Miami.

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A Fresh Take is a visual tale of my encounters in search of new meanings from the lens of a social observer and an Artist of African descent, newly immersed in the vibrant city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. From a vantage point of view, the exhibition is a dynamic exploration of socio-cultural issues that contribute to shaping contemporary living. The body of work comprises figurative works and urban cityscape paintings in acrylics and oils on canvas. Works, including Family Ties and A Barrington Story, offer a poignant reflection on the emotional and nostalgic feel of my initial experiences upon my arrival with my family, inviting viewers to share the universal themes of belonging and adaptation to new environments. The exploration of neighbourhoods and their historical context inspired artworks such as Hydrostone Community along with Memories Of A Brief Stop, reflecting the ambience of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. A Golden Gleam, another piece, showcases the stunning summer view of the waterfront, a pivotal aspect of Halifax's history, culture, and identity. These pieces collectively capture the essence of Halifax's rich heritage and the significance of its iconic waterfront.



This exhibition takes a wide-angle approach, touching on the pressing topic of inclusion, amongst other issues. An Ode To Humanity recognizes respect for human existence, people's relevance and contribution to social responsibilities. It captures a personal experience which symbolizes my profound connection with The Prow Gallery upon my first visit, with conversations leading to incredible collaborations. Beyond its importance, the piece encourages the commitment to fostering diversity within the community. In addition, the series What is the Color of Love boldly addresses the imperative social issue of diversity, challenging preconceived notions and advocating for inclusivity as a cornerstone of contemporary discourse.



What's a city without the people? With the series themed Shay Na Like This We Go Dey Pose, I reflect on the vibes of the city's fashionscape that interests me in relation to my people's vibrant sense of style back home and how the black communities here hold it down as well. Also, with the pride of the global impact of Afrobeat music reflecting my identity and exploring its phenomenal ripple effects in this environment, the Soul Groove series captures my observation and perspective on cultural exchange. It celebrates the power of urban African sound, igniting the world to rock in style and adding vitality to mankind. Pondering challenging issues like housing and the quest to understand the social structures inspired the creation of The Observer series. The exhibition also features a series of figurative works where my children become my muse, prompting contemplation on the multitude of possibilities and opportunities the future holds and the potential for personal and societal growth.