Boris Nzebo: Urban Style

June 24, 2016  -  November 13, 2016

Free Admission

Nzebo addresses the complex relationship between individuals and the urban spaces they inhabit.

In this show, Boris Nzebo explored urban life through elaborate hairstyles and vibrant city views. Urban Style, his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery, which presented Nzebo’s large-scale stylised silhouettes of human heads overlaid onto architectural facades and interior spaces in multi-layered scenes. Using intense colours and striking compositions, Nzebo invited us to consider this urban aesthetic – how people can be defined by their hairstyles and express their identity in a city full of urban encounters.
Based in Cameroon, he draws his inspiration from the bright, hand-drawn advertising boards found in Central African beauty parlours, street culture and classic Pop Art aesthetics. The unstructured and animated city environment contrasts with the careful efforts of maintaining individualised and highly intricate hairstyles. Through his paintings Nzebo addresses the complex relationship between individuals and the urban spaces they inhabit.