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Barry Yusufu (Nasarawa state, Nigeria)
Barry Yusufu (Nasarawa state, Nigeria)
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Barry Yusufu (Nasarawa state, Nigeria)

The Dark Horse

Barry Yusufu (Nasarawa state, Nigeria)
The Dark Horse
Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm.)
Executed in 2019.


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Lot Essay

Born in Nasarawa state, Barry Yusufu is a self-taught visual artist from the north central part of Nigeria. From a tender age Barry found art to be a medium to express his thoughts, emotions, ideals, ideas, concerns and passions. He is a traditional artist who uses dying art media ranging from charcoals, coffee, paints, papier mache, collage and graphite to tell stories using model dramatization, colors and a great deal of imagination. His style of art is Contemporary Expressionism which he calls Kolo Art meaning madness in a sane way. As a traditional artist he has participated in several local exhibitions, most notable being the Felebration Art Competition and Exhibition 2019 and Action Aid’s Art4Development. His style surpasses conforming to a norm, hence being experimental about his art; working through a wide range of mediums while paying rapt attention and consciousness to his freedom to express. He hopes to influence the world with the humanity, emotions, lifestyle and personality embedded in his art. Barry is also the leader of an art movement called “The Kolony”, a brotherhood of young contemporary Nigerian artists.

Artist Statement:
The Dark Horse basically talks about people who have been taught to amount to nothing and become great. It’s more of my personal story because while growing up I've had a lot of people tell me I wouldn't succeed but over time I believe only I have the power to make myself great. In the piece there is a suspended hat that represents a crown earned through hard work in addition to hands raised in worship of the subject who is great. I love to make references to the Egyptian cultures in my works as they represent my history. The Egyptian false beard on the face of the subject represents the state of being a god.

Barry Yusufu
Email: yusufbarry0@gmail.com
Social media handles: Instagram/Twitter @barryyusufu_art.
Phone number: +2348166579134

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