The Wheatbaker Art Collection

Daily Bread I, 2019, Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

“Issues that influence contemporary living within my environment largely inspire my art. Monitoring the organic progression of my sketches basically informs my creative direction. I enjoy employing
multidisciplinary approaches to my creations, in my quest for new experiences and to deepen the audience’s interactivity with my art. I also value the therapeutic angle of the creative process as it engages my senses and opens new discoveries. Having to pause for deeper self-reflection on how to keep my head above the waters, alongside grappling with understanding the ‘new normal’ led to creating these works. It is a personal search for the glimpse of an anticipated sunny side of life and holding on to faith, with hope that all will be well regardless of the heavy tides we collectively swim against. My goal is to present visual songs of hope, and to look beyond the surface with the right focus, for the bigger opportunities that will ultimately make humanity smile, once again!”

Ibe Ananaba
Ibe Ananaba

Ibe Ananaba

Ibe Ananaba (born 1976 in Belgium), grew up in Aba, Nigeria, and was inspired to draw at an early age by his older brother who is also an artist. He eventually studied Fine and Applied Arts at the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria and graduated with Distinction in Painting in 1999. Ananaba worked as an Art Director in the advertising industry for fifteen years before going into full-time studio practice. Always willing to push creative boundaries, he experiments using an interdisciplinary approach to his art, working as a painter, fashion illustrator, art director, calligraphist, designer, and muralist. He has taken part in many group shows and solo exhibitions in Nigeria, South Africa, the United States, the UK, Israel, and Canada. He won First Prize in the Art Masters Contest, at Art Vancouver in 2019. His work is in important collections including the National Assembly Abuja, and he has regularly taught workshops and seminars on diverse topics including ‘Harnessing your artistic potential’, amongst many others. Ananaba also volunteers as the Chief Art Consultant and Coordinator of studio programs for the Girl Child Art Foundation, a non-governmental organization committed to using art as an advocacy tool for adolescent girls. Ananaba’s work has been featured in numerous international publications including Fashion: A Second Language (Shoko Press, London, 2020), Watercolor Artists Magazine (2019), Masters of Watercolors (Planeta Muzyki Publishers, Finland, 2018), The Villager (Tracey McDonald Publishers, South Africa, 2018), Fashion Illustration Africa, (Shoko Press, London, 2016) and Artists of Nigeria (5 Continents Edition, Italy, 2012), and is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Collection. Ananaba lives in Lagos where he maintains his studio.