Cowgirl and her Gourd, by Silas Adelanke Adeoye
Oil on Canvas / 61 cms x 92 cms
Silas Adelanke Adeoye is a Nigerian artist and his works represent a continuation in the tradition of Yoruba art, as shown by his choice of pigment to suit each motif. Art, in the old Yoruba setting, was generally restricted to the courts of the kings and chiefs, and to religious houses. Silas believes that it is the responsibility of the modern artist to extend the enjoyment of this form of expression to the people in manner that music and poetry are today. The cowgirl here represents the regular, hardworking young African lady. She holds her gourd in search of water with which to tend her young sheep.