In the middle of a plate- Things that inspired us.

“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.

Never forget.

5 things you should not say to an artist.

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.

  1. 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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4 Jargons Artists use frequently.

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.

1. Untittled

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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VISION IN CLAY PREPARES FOR NEW EXHIBITION

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;

Chineneye Emelogu

May okafor

Nathalie Djakou Kassi

Afam Okwudili

Chris klay Ekuafeh

sheriff ojekunle

Ato Arinze.

 

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.

 

 

19th Harmattan workshop

officiala poster 19th harmattan workshop
officiala poster 19th harmattan workshop

 

The harmattan workshop has remained one of the biggest platform in Nigeria where artists from Nigeria and other parts of Africa and beyond conglomerate to work and collaborate with one another.

The theme for this year’s workshop is  ‘Investment into the infinite Possibilities of Art as a Means of Overcoming Recession – Materials, Ideas, Infra-structural Development for Greater Benefits.’

The 19th Harmattan Workshop will be made up of two sessions:

first session: February 12 through 25, 2017.( CONCLUDED)

second session: August 13 through 26, 2017. (OPEN)

The workshop which was founded by Nigerian ace artist professor Bruce Onabrakpeya in 1998, encourages experimentation, research, and most importantly practice.Read the above official poster for details.

For more details. or call Mr Sam Ovariti 08033072334 the workshop Director, or Mr Moses Unokwah 07033433065.

After 5 years of Hibernation phillips Nzekwe finally storms Nigeria With something new.

“As an individual I believe that art is life. Life in the 21st century basically entails freedom and so, I express freedom in my choice of materials, forms and artistic expression. Although I work with available materials, my creativity is processed based, and starts by hyper-seeing expressive possibilities in materials…..” phillips Nzekwe.

“where is phillips Nzekwe?”. This has been the question in the lips of many artist in the Nigerian art scene. After many years of keeping mute, phillips Nzekwe decides to BOUNCE BACK.  Many people In the Nigerian art scene even thought he was dead.

The 17th of this June Philips Nzekwe and Gabriel Awusa would be storming Terra-Kulture art Gallery Victoria Island for their show titled “Different strokes”

But different strokes in not necessary different; it’s not a duel between the artists but a common ground where differences are allowed to co-exist. Though the tilted towards different subject matter, But found a common ground on their use of organic forms of nature (flora and fauna) with a little touch of yellow.

“….yellow in my view explores the narrative of the rising sun” phillips remarked. Continue reading “After 5 years of Hibernation phillips Nzekwe finally storms Nigeria With something new.”

phillips Nzekwe

 

Artist Biography

Phillips Lexie Nzekwe (B.1981, Nigeria) is an artist who employs a formalist approach in the use of everyday materials (The junk and jettisoned) to Create narratives that explore socio-cultural, religious and economic concerns. His technique is inspired by traditional architecture, crafts and contemporary 3d animated images. He lives and works in Asaba.

Solo Exhibitions

2013: “Reaching out” Nairobi Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

2012: “Perspective” Quintessence Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

2007: “Ikenga Festival” University of Benin, Benin City Nigeria.

Selected Group Exhibitins.

2012: “Imbued Essence” Royal stratford, London

2012: “Bruce Onobrakpeya and harmattan workshop Experiment”  Dakar, Senagal.

2012: “Togetherness” Asaba, Nigeria

2011: “Visual Symphony” Quintessence Gallery Ikoyi, Lagos

2010: “Here and Now” contemproray Nigerian and Ghaninan art. New Jersey, USA.

2010: “Evolving Currents” Abuja Nigeria

2009: “Open House” Mydnm Gallery, Lagos.

2009: “Reflections, Asaba, Nigeria

 

Residencies

2012:-2013:          Artist in Residence, Kuona trust Art Center,Nairobi, Kenya

2014:          Artist in Residence, Ovuomaroro Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

 

WORKSHOP

2015:          Facilitators, Shell Nigeria/Bof Artist workshop Ughelli Nigeria

2011-2014: 11th -14th Annual harmattan Workshop series. Agbona, Nigeria.

2013:          Mixed media Exploration: Kuona Trust, Nairobi Kenya.

 

 

Web page

https://Nzekwephills.com