Ben Osaghae's 'Miracle for Sale'

A story of one of Nigeria's finest ever draughtsmen.

Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art, Pan-Atlantic University

Miracle for Sale (2007) by Ben OsaghaeOriginal Source: Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art

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'Miracle for sale' is a painting by Nigerian artist Ben Osaghae's spiritual series. Here he captures the spiritual contradictions prevalent in the Nigerian society.

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He depicts the worshipper in supplicating gestures.

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Led by their pastor...

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They seem to resurrect the dead, who emerges from the grave on the right.

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All this is done to the amazement of the onlookers to the left.

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The painting is punctuated with an usher holding out an offering bag, whilst the 'miracle' is being performed.

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Ben seems to highlight the unwholesome emphasis on financial prosperity in the church at the expense of salvation of the soul.

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He highlights the quest for riches and miracles in a society where poverty drives many to pastoral pastures.

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Colour plays a central part in this work, but drawing is the anchor that keeps them in place. Also, because of the flat backgrounds, the characters are brought to the foreground.

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The lines become outline, sign, sketch, contour, text, graffiti or boundary. The line remains clear underneath the ragged edges of the colour masses.

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The painting is done with sweeping brushstrokes and great gestural intensity, which helps to transmit the emotional intensity of the subjects.

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With this painting he wanted to say something. He wanted to compel the viewer to confront the situation and take a position, leaving no room for neutrality.

Credits: Story

Jess Castellote: Museum Director
Michael Oseghale: Museum Manager
Kunle Filani

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