From the quality of his seed, the farmer can almost always know the quality of his crop. Similarly, it was possible for Art pundits to tell what a magnificent product Best Art Exhibition will grow to become, based on the quality of seed planted Sunday, October 4, 2020 by Nigerbev, producers of the Best range of alcoholic beverages – cream, whisky, gin and vodka.
The maiden edition of Best Art Exhibition sponsored by Nigerbev Limited in collaboration with Nike Art Gallery was marked by creative colours, quality attendance and glamour. It was also an occasion for the display of African culture through the artworks on display and the dresses wore by artists and guests.
Best Art Exhibition was conceived to also be a contest amongst visual artists. Adewale Ojo, with his painting titled “Celebrations” won this maiden edition. Omoniyi Gabriel came second with “Pure Bliss”, while Onyinye Ezennaya’s “Suffering and Smiling” won the third prize.
The jury, made up of Chief Dr (Mrs.) Nike Okundaye-Davies, Dr. Bolaji Ogunwo, Mr. Felix Aina, and Mr. Abiodun Badejo, had received 1442 works as entries from different artists. First shortlisting saw the selection of 162 works. In the second selection, a total of 80 works was chosen. It came down to 20 works in the third selection, and in the final stage, 10 artworks were selected.
The first prize went home with N500,000. The second prize won N250, 000, while the third prize got N100, 000.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director, Nigerbev Limited, Heiko Arjes thanked all the artists who took time to submit wonderful artworks. He said the different works of art he saw in the past couple of months gave him a lot of joy: “It is not only a credit to you, but also a credit to Nigeria for churning out such wonderful people and wonderful citizens in the world.”