Arinze Stanley

"Portrait of Resilience #5" by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper.

Arinze Stanley at Corridor Contemporary

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Corridor Contemporary will debut its new exhibition opening on Friday, September 2, 2022, featuring Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley. The artist is known for his hyperrealistic pencil and charcoal portraits of subjects that exemplify the intricate sentiments affiliated with the modern Black existence.

Arinze Stanley
“Unwritten Memoir” Charcoal and graphite on paper.

The exhibit is entitled “Deconstruct”, featuring works that can be easily be mistaken for black and white photographs, in which Arinze Stanley uses only graphite and charcoal.

Arinze Stanley created “Deconstruct”, over the last several years, as an analysis of both the harsh realities and the optimism that young Nigerians are encountering. The collection includes a number of large-scale pieces with the largest measuring 7 by 5 feet.

Arinze Stanley
“Fruits of Labor” Charcoal and graphite on paper.

“As I continue my quest on exploring contemporary matters affecting my society, I am also very compelled to exalt the resilient spirit of our youth in my new body of work. I believe the youths are the building blocks of every nation. As a Nigerian youth, I feel most compelled to project the positive image of our youths through this body of work in my attempt to dismantle the stereotype around the Nigerian youth. I believe our leaders of tomorrow are the biggest assets of today.” -Arinze Stanley.

Arinze Stanley
“Portrait of Resilience #1” Charcoal and graphite on paper.

“Deconstruct” opens on Friday, September 2, 2022, with a reception open to the public. Patrons should also venture to the gallery’s second floor where the “Philadelphia Featured” exhibit is still on display. The second floor of Contemporary Corridor is devoted to Philadelphia artists and is worth the view.

Arinze Stanley

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