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Francis Uduh is reticent about himself and his art, allowing his work and raison d’être to carry above descriptions and categorisations. His practice route has taken him from his training at the western Nigerian institutions of Auchi and Yaba, to the execution of private and prominent public commissions. “My art is all about making – being original not faking. It all revolves around discovery of self, immediate environment, materials and tools. This I believe and sincerely know is life existence itself. We should make it not fake it.” Uduh, like many of his peers, showcases his art on various platforms of the creative world – at national and international level. Several of his sculptures have been acquired through the conduits of international auction houses. On analysis, his perspective of art making, is focused on authenticity, and interpretation of his immediate physical and metaphysical environs, into highly challenging sculptures of natural and abstract forms. Traditional influences, twinned with innovative application are certainly key factors present in Uduh’s work, whose materials range from wood, to bronze, to fibre glass. He captures realism in meditative, emotive pieces and communicates this converged language with elongated, cavernous bronzes – concave emphasising the convexity and depth of archetypal features.