The artist who died in London has been honoured by the world

‘She sat for him 12 times’: The Nigerian artist who made a bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite horse was honoured after his death.

The artist took his own life after a long battle with depression.

Abraham Adewuyi, who was one of Nigeria’s best known artists, died in London last week.

It is believed he took his own life “having taken the last steps to make his work known around the world”, a statement from his family read.

“He had come to London to give his works a wider exposure,” his family said.

“This has been his dream for many years and he had achieved in his career what he had wanted to achieve.”

Adewuyi was originally from Kano, northern Nigeria.

He is believed to have been inspired by a British man, who visited Nigeria in the early 2010s and spoke to him about art.

His works have been displayed in the House of Commons, the Tate gallery in London, the National Gallery in Nairobi, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Nigerian Cultural Centre in Ibadan, Nigeria and the Museum of Fine Arts in Lagos.

Tributes pour in from other countries with their own cultural links to Nigeria which include China, the United States, Italy, Denmark and Holland.

An exhibition in Sweden called “The Golden Country” which features images of Adewuyi’s work has gone on display at the Art Center’s “New Africa” exhibition.

The exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria was due to take place with the aim of promoting cultural links between Nigeria and Europe as a whole.

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