Philadelphia, PA-May 26, 2001-ArtJaz
Gallery is pleased to present a new serigraph by Artist Buchi Upjohn
Aghaji released at New York International Art Expo, Javits Convention
Center March 1- 3, 2003
Artjaz Gallery is located in Philadelphia and established in 1999.
ArtJaz Gallery specializes in contemporary fine art, originals and
limited edition reproductions by
local and national artists of color.
Artjaz Gallery is introducing a limited edition of serigraph prints
of the painting"Trio by Buchi Upjohn Aghaji. These outstanding
prints will be available for sale on March 1, 2003 at www.artjaz.com.
Buchi Upjohn Aghaji, who prefers to be known as Upjohn, is a Nigerian
born artist who came to the United States in 1989. Academically trained,
Mr. Aghaji combines modalities of modernism with an African derived
aesthetic. He works with a brilliant palette that is intense and vibrant.
Upjohn primarily focuses on painting in acrylics. He builds up his
canvases and works on paper with paint applied with a palette knife.
He then overlays color upon color, which results in a resilient array
of textures. What makes Upjohn’s use of color significant is
that the forms and shapes employed look as if they possess an interior
light source. He may use twenty colors to arrive at the desired effect.
To capture Upjohn’s color sensibility and multi-layered approach
to creating his color scheme, the printers of the serigraph used more
than forty separations to approximate the luminosity of Upjohn’s
Trio" is a work of brilliant hues orchestrated in a manner that
resonates within this composition of fragmented elements. The image
depicts three musicians, one playing an up right bass and the other
two wood wind instruments. Primary and secondary colors dominate, giving
the reds and yellows a luminous veneer. A crucial component to Upjohn’s
composition is the reduction of shapes to their bare essence and the
use of linear elements to construct spatial relationships that are
tightly woven together. The composition is compact with every area
of the surface activated. Influenced by Cubism, Upjohn infuses lessons
learned in his compositions; however, rather than delineating multiple
views of an object or subject, Upjohn incorporates a linear and reductive
approach to the shapes and forms used in his work. The relationship
Upjohn’s work has to Cubism is the formulation of planes that
lends itself to a quasi-abstract appearance.
In lieu of the strong directional thrust of linear elements, "Trio" possesses
a fluidity that defies its angular delineations. Robust figures comprise
a central unit in the work and there is an overall feeling of movement.
The viewer’s gaze is guided across the surface in rhythmical
The serigraph captures all the nuances of the original painting. A
team of master printers has worked diligently to create an edition
that is as dynamic as the original work. The challenge of bringing
to life the vibrancy of Upjohn’s work has been achieved through
a close analysis of the painting and building up the print surface
to capture the quality of light, texture and coloration evident in
the painting. The careful handling of the silkscreen process lends
itself to transforming images as rich as those produced by Buchi Upjohn
Upjohn’s most recent works focus on musical themes. He states, "I
always dance around the musical themes because through music we can
experience the beauty of harmony and through [the visual] arts we participate
in the harmony of colors. I hope the vibrancy of "Trio" brings
joy to the viewer."
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