Zenith Gallery Presents Doba Afolabi, Bernie Houston, Chris Malone The Colors and Forms of History

By Editorial Team on January 24, 2022

Fri, 04 February 2022 - Sat, 26 February 2022

Tropical Beat by Doba Afolabi.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 28 from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday, January 29 from 2pm to 6pm 
Rescheduled to Friday, February 4 from 5-8pm & Saturday, February 5 from 2-6pm

Doba Afolabi was born in the mountains of southwest Nigeria and credits his mother, who was a versatile dancer, as the fundamental force behind his flair for expression. Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Yoruba stylized carvings were later influences on Afolabi. Doba studied at the famous Zaria Art School. While still in school, he became known as one of the “Zaria Rebels,” an artist’ school known for their experimental style and bold color palette. Briefly, he worked for the United Nations as a graphic designer. He also spent some time teaching art at Yaba Technical College, in Lagos, Nigeria, before eventually immigrating to New York City.

Bernie Houston graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 1984 and has been a driftwood sculptor ever since. Houston spends his time on the Chesapeake, finding that perfect piece of driftwood for his carefully composed sculptures. Each piece is shaped by nature and inspired from its natural structure. After visualizing each driftwood piece, he cures, sands, carves, paints and polishes each creation. He sculpts everything from animals to people to objects. Because nature does not mimic itself, his entire body of work is one-of-a-kind. There is not a single piece like it on the planet

Chris Malone is a self-taught artist who asks us to move past seeing dolls as just playthings for children, but rather as spiritual objects, capable of inspiring deep thoughts and heady visions in balance with our imaginations and our dreaming state. He believes that how far you take this interpretation of the capability of his dolls is up to you. In his words: “From the beginning of recorded time, all over the world, people have been making dolls. Dolls have been children’s playthings and have also been used to bridge the gap between our physical world and the spiritual realm…. Like most traditions… there’s so much more to the story (once you dig a little deeper).”

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday, Noon – 6pm
  • Or by appointment

Zenith Gallery is located at 1429 Iris St. NW.