The masterpiece collection
In his IBEX Masterpiece titled ‘A Portrait of Time’, Osamu Obi again endeavors to incorporate the past, present and future into one canvas.
The young woman gazing at us is quite obviously present, alive and alert, while the tree trunk lying on the floor speaks of old age, decay and death, but somehow in a homey manner.
The future, then, is cleverly represented by the bookcase filled with books that stand for fame or service lasting beyond one’s own lifetime. Close inspection reveals that the spines of the books carry the names of his fellow artists in the IBEX Masterpiece Project, a thoughtful and humorous expression of his wishing them every success and immortal fame.