Duke Asidere, Pink Lady, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Pink Lady, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Story Time, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2013

Duke Asidere, Story Time, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2013

Duke Asidere, One Man One Generator, 87 x 37cm, 2014

Duke Asidere, One Man One Generator, 87 x 37cm, 2014

Duke Asidere, Reconstructing Life ii, 92 x 92cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Reconstructing Life ii, 92 x 92cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Thinker, 56 x 38cm, acrylic wash on paper, 2013

Duke Asidere, Thinker, 56 x 38cm, acrylic wash on paper, 2013

Duke Asidere, The Blues Shop ii, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, The Blues Shop ii, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, The Brain Analysis, 184 x 122cm, 2015-16

Duke Asidere, The Brain Analysis, 184 x 122cm, 2015-16

Duke Asidere, Preservation, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Preservation, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Relationships & Restorations, 92 x 87cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Relationships & Restorations, 92 x 87cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Bukky, 56 x 38cm, acrylic wash on paper, 2014

Duke Asidere, Bukky, 56 x 38cm, acrylic wash on paper, 2014

Duke Asidere, The Blues Shop, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, The Blues Shop, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Power & Darkness, 92 x 77cm, 2014

Duke Asidere, Power & Darkness, 92 x 77cm, 2014

Duke Asidere, Re-introduction, 92 x 92cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, Re-introduction, 92 x 92cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, Black, 92 x 92cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, Black, 92 x 92cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, Expectations, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, Expectations, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, Friends, 72 x 72cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Friends, 72 x 72cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, OSAGHAE's table, 92 x 92cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, OSAGHAE's table, 92 x 92cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, We Wear Life, 56 x 38cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, We Wear Life, 56 x 38cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, The Future is here, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, The Future is here, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, Simple Dreams, 56 x 38cm, acrylic wash on paper, 2015

Duke Asidere, Simple Dreams, 56 x 38cm, acrylic wash on paper, 2015

Duke Asidere, A place to think, 56 x 38cm, graphite pastel on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, A place to think, 56 x 38cm, graphite pastel on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, the blind fold - darkness, 56cm x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, the blind fold - darkness, 56cm x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, Victims of Information, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Victims of Information, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Discovering Orelope Street, acrylic on board, 122cm x 122cm, 2013

Discovering Orelope Street, acrylic on board, 122cm x 122cm, 2013

Duke Asidere, Looking Ahead, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2015

Duke Asidere, Looking Ahead, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2015

Duke Asidere, Reconstructing Life 1, 92 x 92 cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Reconstructing Life 1, 92 x 92 cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Distortions facts and historical lies, 168 x 180cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, Distortions facts and historical lies, 168 x 180cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, Seated, 92 x 92cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Seated, 92 x 92cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, The theft looting and bad governance, 92 x 92 cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, The theft looting and bad governance, 92 x 92 cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, The Red Hot Red, 92 x 92cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, The Red Hot Red, 92 x 92cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, The Commentary, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, The Commentary, 92 x 77cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Back Seat mentality, 92 x 92 cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Back Seat mentality, 92 x 92 cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, The Blue Day, 56 x 38cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, The Blue Day, 56 x 38cm, 2016

Duke Asidere, Friendly Frown, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, Friendly Frown, 56 x 38cm, acrylic on paper, 2016

Duke Asidere, Re-assessment, 92 x 92cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Re-assessment, 92 x 92cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Lagos-Nigeria 1983, 82 x 82cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Lagos-Nigeria 1983, 82 x 82cm, 2015

Duke Asidere, Yellow Days, 56 x 38cm, acrylic graphite felt pens, 2014

Duke Asidere, Yellow Days, 56 x 38cm, acrylic graphite felt pens, 2014

  • Mental Space
  • Duke Asidere

  • July 4 - September 15, 2016

  • The Wheatbaker


  • There is something so refreshingly cerebral about Duke Asidere’s work. I think in his generation of artists – he is one of the most uninhibited creative intellectuals. His works touch on so many deep issues in our society, and his subtle use of headlines tease and beckon the viewer to walk up close to read the partly submerged text, and then step back smiling, when we realize the unapologetic message of the piece. Duke Asidere’s works have always had a strong global aesthetic. What I mean is that, although his inspiration comes from life in Nigeria, his figures and forms, his doodles and detailed drawings touch on universal themes of love and greed, war and peace, trade and silent meditation, play and serious discourse. His gift of analysis and his simple, fluid and swift rendering sets him apart as an artist whose ouvre reflects the pulse of our socio-political character. I hope you enjoy Mental Space as much as I continue to enjoy watching Asidere analyze and unleash yet another unapologetic commentary on our essence, our unquenchable verve, and our resilience to keep going, despite the odds.