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ID number:  BIRRC-D0130
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Grillo, Yusuf (b.1934)
Title / Object name:  Northern Nigerian landscape with Zebu cattle
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Nigeria
Culture:  Yoruba
Date made:  1960
Collector:  Lidderdale, Halliday Adair
Materials:  Framed gouache on paper
Measurements:  40 x 93 cm
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This abstract rural scene illustrates the artists use of a combination of traditional Yoruba colours and angular shapes with more formal Western artistic conventions. There is definite evidence of surrealist influence in this work. Grillo was born in Lagos in 1934. He studied at the Zaria College of Arts,Science and Technology, achieving his diploma in 1960 and a postgraduate diploma the following year. He went on to study at Cambridge University and in both the United States and Germany. He has undertaken commissions using many different media, including glass as well as painting and his work has been exhibited internationally. This painting was lent to the University of Birmingham by H.A. Lidderdale in 1968 and was then acquired by bequest in 1992.

Notes:  The piece has moved within its frame, which itself is fragile. Further assessment of the piece will be needed.

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