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Twins Seven-Seven


Shapes in the Sky During Rainy Season

Creation Date



late 20th century


35 x 33 3/4 in. (88.9 x 85.73 cm)



Creation Place

West Africa, Nigeria

Medium and Support

mixed media on denim

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund


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Thanks to his many contributions to international exhibitions, the Nigerian painter, printmaker, and musician Twins Seven-Seven was one of the best-known African artists of his generation. Trained at the Mbari Mbayo workshop, founded by Ulli and Georgina Beier in Oshogbo in 1964, he created contemporary responses to Yoruba myths. His reputation grew quickly, and in 1972 and again in 1974 he visited the Haystack Mountain Crafts School on Deer Isle, Maine. This painting coincides with that second visit. An attempt to immigrate in the late 1980s to the United States did not offer the career opportunities Twins had anticipated, so he returned to Nigeria, where he was honored with chieftaincy titles and, in 2005, was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace.

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