Omeh, Chinemerem (Out of the Box)
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"Out of the Box" by Chinemerem Omeh
30 x 48 inches, oil, charcoal, ink and acrylics (2022) -- unframed
Chinemerem Omeh is a Nigerian artist, born in Enugu, Nigeria. He holds a BA in fine and applied arts from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he majored as a painter. Currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
Omeh started drawing and painting at the age of five. Unable to fully read and write, drawing naturally became a means to express himself. He found a voice and identity in drawing and painting.
His yearning for change amidst harsh realities makes expressing pain, peace, depression, hope, deception, and love inevitable in his work. His artistic dispositions were met with dissuasion from peers, teachers, and his parent because to become an artist was an impossible way to earn a decent living. That dissuasion only made his love of art stronger and has informed it.
Omeh has since, been in numerous group shows in Nigeria. In 2016, his work "Nma Ndu" won, best painting in a group exhibition, themed "Dream's alive" Enugu state in Nigeria.
In 2019, he participated in a group show in New York represented by Agora Gallery, where he introduced his body of work "Crack story" to the world. With the show, "Crack story" the artist informed us of his basic philosophy. Inspired by the crack texture of the earth during the harmattan season in his hometown, he used them through the body of work(crack story) as metaphors speaking to a desire for restoration and hope for better days. His technique involved a rough and heavy application of dead caked color mixed with linseed oil. The cracks, however, have become an identity in his works.
In 2021, he participated in an international group show, "Red dot Miami" exhibiting three powerful paintings amongst respectable artists around the globe. Currently, he has a series of paintings that addresses childhood memories of his early education, and a social construct where generic careers path are chosen for children, combining oil, charcoal, ink, and acrylic as his medium, exhibiting some of the body of works at
''All the world's stage'' an international juried exhibition in Cape Cod Museum of Art Massachusetts 2022.
Currently showing at Black Art in America head quarter opening exhibition Atlanta Georgia 2022.
15th Figurative show in Hillard gallery Kansas city Missouri 2022.
And ''Surface'' a national juried exhibition highlighting the use of textures held in D'Art Center Norfolk Virginia 2022.
These series technique explores crack patterns, nostalgic color schemes, space utility, tactile and elaborate textures, and shading that explores lines.
Omeh is best described as detailed yet loosely oriented. His style is unique and is reminiscent of Proto-expressionism.