The latest show at October Gallery comes from Beninese artist Julien Sinzogan. In his first UK solo show, Sinzogan presents a dazzling selection of works on paper and canvas, intricately drawn and painted in pen and ink, depicting ghostly ships, flocks of birds, gods and goddesses, and, of course, spirits. The artist’s concern is with the African soul and its journeys, whether via the middle passage between the Old World and the New, or between the earth and the heavens. Familiarity with certain aspects of West African ideas and beliefs about spirit worlds may enhance and contextualise Sinzogan’s work, but for me, there was enough to admire simply in his mastery of colour, light and shade, and in the sheer complexity of his lines.
The show continues until 6th November.
24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London