Ben Enwonwu’s commitment to the study and appreciation of modern art from Africa has left a world-renowned legacy of material relating its history, practice and future.

The Ben Enwonwu Foundation is this custodian of the most extensive collection in the world relating to the artist. The Foundation’s location in Ben Enwonwu’s home lends the archive its cultural and historical significance. It consists of publications, images, correspondence, sketchbooks and artefacts including tools which illuminate his life, work and practice. The archive is soon to be published online.

Ben Enwonwu Images

Ben Enwonwu used photography to document his work, sometimes recording every stage from conception to completion. The archive holds early images of Enwonwu as a student at the Slade and depicts every stage of his career, works, as well as life in Onitsha, Lagos and London.

Comprising photographs, negatives, transparencies, and digital images available for research, reproduction or to purchase, they provide a comprehensive record of the artist’s life and work.

The Foundation holds a copyright interest in any image of Ben Enwonwu or his works. Please read our section on licensing and reproduction for more about how to license an image.