Ok lovelies, this is the third series on this blog and it’s called ‘This is what Art looks like’. It is also the third special announcement hehehe! Have you seen the previous announcements. You can find them here and here. I am finally getting off my procrastinating flat bum, getting set to open secrets in the art world, attend Art events, meet more people and talk about art in Nigeria.
So this is the first episode of ‘This is what Art looks like’. I went somewhere amazing!
And I saw real art and I got the aesthetic feeling and a little goose bumps and I loved it.
How did I find the place? You know when you subscribe so you get certain emails? Well, I got an email informing me that Rele Art Gallery was having it last exhibition of the year. I planned my weekend so I would make it to the event.
I attended the private exhibition tagged Open Secrets and met the artist himself. Whoop! Whoop! And he told me about his latest collection.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT HIS WORK
In case you’re wondering, I’m not going to act like I know art because I don’t. My experience with art is what my Father decided to put on his wall, in his house so let me explain what you’re looking at the best way I can.
This collection seems to say a lot but what intrigues me is the pictures behind the words, the colours and the softness of the stroke of the brush on each piece; they are special.
Unlike the author when meeting him for the first time, this work shouts personality, attitude and so much more. He has achieved what so many artists usually long for, to speak with his work.
WHAT HE SAID
The Artist, Mr. Sam Ebohon, a pleasant somewhat shy man sat me down at the exhibition and told me he wanted to do something different with his work. When you look at his self portrait, you can just imagine what his work really is.
As if he understood that I am a novice when it comes to art like this, he explained that there was nothing new under the sun and this collection has probably been done before by someone else but really what got me was the way he shadowed art behind visibly read words. Believe me, it was amazing and I’m sure I would be looking forward to attending more exhibitions of his work. Who knows, I may buy his work someday.
Which makes me also think, if I was this kind of artist, what would I do?
How would I survive in a country like Nigeria?
Fortunately, Rele Art Gallery is doing something for young artists who wish to feature their works.
Hopefully other galleries would encourage youth in art like me and you this way ehn…
My ofofo (nosy in local Yoruba) finally got me to search for Sam Ebohon on Google. That is how I stumbled on his blog. He encourages young artist to do better in their work. Find his blog here.
So what do you lovelies think about this new series?
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Have a lovely weekend
Note: All the pictures were taken with my phone hence the picture quality.