Nigerian-born visual artist, Njideka Akunyili Crosby is a force with the Wall Street Journal naming her Art World’s Newest Star.
by Rachel Ogbu
Just three years ago, the Los Angeles based artist was selling art for $3000, today her work goes for as much as $3 Million a painting.
The UK can’t get enough of Akunyili Crosby either; her Windrush-inspired mural is currently being displayed at the Brixton underground station.
Titled “Remain, Thriving” the iconic visual art depicts three generations of a Windrush family all at home in Brixton.
As commuters enter the station, they are greeted with A’skunyili Crosby painting which is part of a new programme of public art called Art on the Underground series.
“For me, this work is for people who grew up in Brixton. I want the past to have a place in the present in this work: the work is very much about the present but the past is so alive in it,” Akunyili Crosby said.
In a statement, TFL said: “The artist collated contemporary and archival images of Brixton to use in her final artwork, and the transferred images in the background of Remain, Thriving echo the heavily patterned wallpaper of a previous era. Through the use of photo-collage, Akunyili Crosby’s layered images of social gatherings are also complex reflections on history, community and politics, much like the original Brixton murals.”