Aba Na Nya series

Aba Na Nya series

C8, Colour Xerographs, 88.5 x 70cm, 2015

Yam Barn and Jubilation IV

Yam Barn and Jubilation IV

Black & White, 69 x 88.5cm, 2015

Mamiwata Returns II

Mamiwata Returns II

Engravings on Perspex, 107 x 79cm, 2010

Aba Na Nya series

Aba Na Nya series

B3, Colour Xerographs, 88.5 x 70cm, 2015

Eternity II & III

Eternity II & III

Black & White, 69 x 88.5cm, 2015

Images I (Second Edition)

Images I (Second Edition)

Plastograph, 107 x 79cm, 1990

Dance of the Ghomids I

Dance of the Ghomids I

Engravings on Perspex, 107 x 79cm, 2010

Mask (Uyenjo) VII

Mask (Uyenjo) VII

Plastograph, 55.5 x 38cm, 1990

Greg’s Mask III

Greg’s Mask III

Plastograph, 55.5 x38cm, 1990

Mask with Clubs

Mask with Clubs

Plastograph, 55.5 x 38cm, 1990

Woman with Plaited Hair

Woman with Plaited Hair

Plastograph, 55.5 x38cm, 1990

Isorogun (Musical Instrument)

Isorogun (Musical Instrument)

Plastograph, 55.5 x38cm, 1990

Ugbudia Erha (Three Fly whisks)

Ugbudia Erha (Three Fly whisks)

Brass Foil, 51 x 38cm, 2014

Child Holding Doll II

Child Holding Doll II

Brass Foil, 48.5 x 37cm, 2014

Kwini (Queen)

Kwini (Queen)

Brass Foil, 48.5 x 37cm, 2014

Four Horned Mask

Four Horned Mask

Brass Foil, 48.5 x 37cm, 2008

Bride and Maids

Bride and Maids

Brass Foil, 51 x 38cm, 2012

Aba Na Nya series face 2

Aba Na Nya series face 2

A1, Colour Xerographs, 88.5 x 70cm, 2015

Aba Na Nya series face

Aba Na Nya series face

D5, Colour Xerographs, 88.5 x 70cm, 2015

  • Best of Bruce
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya

  • December 12 - January 30, 2016

  • Temple Muse


  • The Aba Na Nya series is named after the fabrics that have been used as a textile canvas for his work. Individual mask like faces created from engravings and multi-media collages with pieces of cloth have been photographed using a new xerograph technique. Aba Na Nya is an Okpe (Urhobo) word that became well known as an expression of disapproval of inferior fabrics introduced into Nigerian markets. Aba Na Nya therefore is a metaphor for change. The pictures made partly from the collage of fabric left over by wife’s dressmaker, are not graphic illustrations of stories of change, rather they are inspiration and invitation for us to tell our own stories of change. The series depicts various stages of change in Nigerian society that are of interest to the artist. The series, which will consist of a major installation of fifty faces, proves that artistic interpretations of Nigerian culture and society still leave room for many forms of complex and subtle negotiation.