Founded in: 2015
+50 artworks in Aworanka
Founded in 2015 by artist and art entrepreneur, Femi Williams, Iwalewa Gallery of Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory, or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. Iwalewa Art gallery displays beauty in the form of sculptures, paintings, motifs, collages, and more. It is situated in Chevy view estate in Lagos, a serene environment that breeds peace.
Since inception, the gallery has organized two main art events: the Art Plug and Tale of 1000 miniatures. The Art Plug was an exhibition of affordable paintings by young and established artists alike. It held in August 2018 in collaboration with Ogirikan Art Gallery, at Circle Mall in Lekki, Lagos. The Tale of 1000 miniatures is an art fair developed as a collaborative effort of Iwalewa gallery and Ogirikan gallery. Initiated in 2018, it is set to hold annually and has done so with the exception of the 2020 edition, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Tale of 1000 miniatures art fair offered a platform for various artists, especially emerging artists, to sell their artworks. The platform was open to 1000 pieces which were to be displayed in one day.
About the founder
Femi Williams was born on January 22, 1982 in Zaria. His father was a renowned printmaker and textile designer who achieved recognition locally and internationally. With ancestral roots in Osun State, Femi Williams grew up in Benin where he was exposed to art as a way of life. His father’s artistic practice and academic career in addition to his mother’s enterprising nature played an integral role in making him who he is today: an artist and entrepreneur. Growing up Femi was taught to respect the diversity of culture and his personal studies have taught him that culture is the true custodian of every art form.
Despite his early exposure to visual arts, his decision to focus on it came after he had experimented with various forms of art. Femi Williamsgraduated with a distinction on the fundamentals of art at the Federal Polytechnic inAuchi where he got a Higher National Diploma in Painting and General Art from the Department of Painting.
Femi has journeyed to different parts of Nigeria and Africa on a quest to engage in trailblazing research on the art and culture of the people. His message is that “art is a language for unity”. In his words: “if you follow art’s rhythm, you will see that art speaks a universal language, of peace and harmony”. His aim has always been to create an eclectic vision of art craft which will expand the landmark for fusing ancient and modern art and culture concepts in the world of contemporary art.
He considers art to be an equalizer, regardless of race, religion and culture. He describes his nature as eclectic and his art as eccentric.