Prince Twins Seven Seven (1944-2011)
Despite his recent passing, Prince is one of Africa’s most famous contemporary artists, and was an original member of the acclaimed Osogbo School, named for the Yoruba town Osogbo, in southwestern Nigeria. Prince’s international fame garnered him exhibitions on every continent, and his work is in major museums around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2005, he was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace.
Prince’s additional identity as a musician also put him forward as a spokesman for Yoruba culture. Prince’s highly individual methods draw their imaginative power from traditional Yoruba mythology, and the animals, plants, humans, spirits and gods that figure in his work represent complex forces in his own personal cosmology.
Material Culture hosted the exhibition, “The Spirits of my Reincarnation Brothers and Sisters: The Art of Prince Twins Seven-Seven” after Prince had completed an artist-in-residency, creating several significant works. Noted scholar Henry Glassie’s book, Prince Twins Seven-Seven: His Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America detailed the time he spent creating these works at Material Culture.
Related: Prince Twins Seven-Seven: In Memoriam