Whilst 2020 has been a challenging year for the global art market at large, with art fairs from Art Basel to 1:54 either being canceled, postponed or held virtually due to the scourge that is the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 promises to be one of opportunity, renewal and revival. For evidence of this return to greener pastures, look no further than our 2020 vernissage alumna, REWA, who has kicked off the year strongly with a group exhibition in Los Angeles with Band of Vices, and a much-anticipated upcoming duo exhibition, EMANCIPATION, in Barcelona with Out of Africa Gallery.
There’s an unmistakable air of confidence and self-assuredness that radiates from the eyes of the muses that REWA masterfully captures on her canvases. Their gazes both invite you in like an old friend, yet still intimidating enough to keep you at bay, in the knowledge that the viewer is not entirely worthy of their presence.
Regality is the phrase best used to describe REWA’s work. Not in the gaudy sense that imposes its will or shines so brightly one is forced to turn away. But in the quiet, subdued manner that commands respect and holds your attention effortlessly.
REWA’s bold figurative portraits are, by all accounts, an extension of the artist herself. A melting pot of varying influences, cultures and experiences that have shaped and melded a person who is as comfortable haggling the price of lace fabric in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Onitsha market as they are blitzing through the high-end boutiques of London and Paris.