“Every Child is an artist, but the problem is how to remain a child once we grow up” Pablo Picasso.
You may have forgotten, quite an unfair world. You know the story of our artistic rise to masters was moulded by little things in and off the classroom environment. Half way down the line, we grew up. The sad thing about our growing up is not just our excessive grub for Money . No, its our forgetfulness, especially of where we are coming from.
If we can remember how far we came then we must not forget the little things that inspired us. Before we knew the names of the big artists and masters that we quote as a source of inspiration we had other little things that kept us going.
Plates: I can remember getting so drawn to ceramic plates because of the beautiful paintings inside. I would most times find myself redrawing and copying them. Its unfortunate that most of the new glass and ceramic plates have less or no painted drawings in them anymore.
Awake – I’m not a witness but I was drawn to copying images from that book. Especially of animals and people in Paradise.
Textbooks- illustrations on textbooks was a bomber, it did the magic.
Cars- oh yea. Cars got us rolling. Most times drawing the da** thing with 6 or 8 tires. I wonder why that has still never been invented.
There are other little Inspirations, and its relative to our unique experiences.
Things you should not say to an artist.
You probably have an artist friend and wondering why both of you don’t get along pretty well. You may have used any of these words mistakenly or you must be really bad at getting along with people. Either way, if you are trying to buy an artist’s heart, avoid these words.
- it’s not Fine.
Yes, that sentence can sentence an artist to death. Naturally, every artist want to be appreciated for his works, no matter how bad the works are. More so, there is really no good or bad art. So next time you want to talk about an artist’s work, don’t use the word “Not Fine”. Some works are not fine but make for a good aesthetic quality. A good appraisal would help the artist to become better. P.s tell him its fine even when he doesn’t want to hear it, and watch the magic.
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Artists are simply complicated people. They switch on and off at anytime. Yes, its that bad. But they are the most lovable people around town, look around. So if you have been around an artist a long time, you must really be getting used to these his unpredictable culture.
Artists can be very lazy people. Yes. They are hardworking when it comes to creating and giving life to an idea, but goes all lumpy at the simple idea of naming their creation. And so they found a short cut; “Untitled”. A lot of work bears more untitled than works named. However, the negative aspect of this is that it makes the works harder to stick. Example, you can actually remember works like Da vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ and ‘Mona Lisa’, Picasso’s ‘The Meal’, Michelangelo’s ‘David’, Demas Nwoko’s ‘Adam and Eve’, Ben Enweonwu’s ‘Anyawu’, Damian Hirsts ‘For the love of God’ etc. It would also be noted that most of this masters have works titled “Untitled “. One question, How many untilled works can you remember?
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VIC in partnership with Weave and co gallery sets for August show. Vision in clay is a new platform for artists who work with clay. It was founded in November of 2016 by Ace ceramists Ato Arinze in Lagos. According to him, its aim is to promote the art of ceramics and works of members who are drawn from all over the African Continent.
It would be noted that the award winning late ceramists Ladi Kwali graces the back of the Nigerian 20naira currency and one of the first artist to be immortalised that far. The new generation of potters have moved on to more sophisticated and highly creative approaches to clay manipulation.
In Nigeria universities, the specialization in ceramics is declining by the number and many who choose the path, have been in most cases, out of consequence. The group through its activities which includes: annual exhibitions, workshops, seminars and publications would renew new interest in pottery and clay sculptures among students and professionals alike. Inte
The Exhibition would be featuring 7 artists;
Nathalie Djakou Kassi
Chris klay Ekuafeh
Opening- Saturday August 5th, 2017.
Venue- Moorhouse Hotel, 1 Bankole Oki Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Exhibition runs till Thursday 17th August, 2017.
Art24now gathered that the group is open to both young and old, however it is your uniqueness and high quality work that would buy your ticket in. The group could be reached on their Facebook group “potters in town”. If you are or would be in Lagos by the 5th of August, 2017 there wouldn’t be any better “sightseeing” than art born from nothing but dust.
Joyeuse Fête de la musique ! Happy World Music Day!
Tomorrow, Thursday the 22nd of June at 6pm, in partnership with Institut Français Nigéria, Aaf Lagos and Showgearonline, Alliance Française de Lagos will be hosting a unique free concert with French rapper Leeroy of the legendary Saïan Supa Crew, French DJ Aleqs Notal and renowned Nigerian percussionist Wura Samba at the Aaf Lagos, in Victoria Island.
If you are in Lagos Tomorrow, this is another chance to ease off the stress of the busy city.
Date: Thursday 22nd June
3b Isiola Oyekan close
Off Adeleke Adedoyin Street
Off Kofo Abayomi Street
Victoria Island, Lagos
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Application is open for the 2017 limcaf art competition, and artist and art students in Nigeria are to apply.
Theme: IN THE MIDST OF REALITIES
-All artist who are not more than 35 years of age as at October 30th 2017.
-Artist must be studying or leaving in Nigeria for at least 5 years.
All medium are accepted.
-All application must be submitted online
-An application fee of 1,000 should be paid to designated banks (see poster for full details)
-Download application form from
www.lifeinmycityfestival.org or request it via email Limcaf2016@gmail.com
-fill the form and submit at Limcaf2016@gmail.com
Overall winner- 500,000 naira
Best painting/mixed media/drawing-250,000 naira
Best sculpture/installation/ceramics- 250,000
Best graphics/multimedia/digital art/photography/video- 250,000
Best textile art-250,000
Other consolation prices worth of 1,000,000 naira
July 20th, 2017.
For further information
please call 08033328030 (Art director)
Or visit www.lifeinmycityartfestival.org