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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


White Flame

Beleive it or not, this painting was inspired by a strange woman.
She came in a silk cramy dress with pearls round her neck. Her lips shone of brilliant red lipstic while her hair was packed and tied up with a flowery ribbon.
I felt an urge to present the feeling on canvas. And this is it.
I think it’s cute.

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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


Revisiting Pointillism

Revisiting Pointillism.

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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in arts and painting


Revisiting Pointillism

125 Year Old Technique

I walked into an exhibition on a Thursday evening in 2000; and there was this small painting of a girl carefully made in small coloured dots that looks clearer from a distance. It was beautiful and I instantly fell in love with the technique.

I decided to give it a try. The painting above is the product of that trial. I named the painting ‘Algaita’ (The Royal Trumpet). It’s one of the musical instruments played for people of royalty among the Hausa’s in Northern Nigeria.

In this technique, small distinct dots of pure colours are applied to compose the image. The viewer’s eye and mind blend the coloured patterns into normal tones thereby making the image clearer (clarity is best when looked at from a distance)

The technique was developed by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886.

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in arts and painting


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La Vie en Rose

Piaf’s Note

This painting was inspired by a love note written in 1946, by Edith Piaf, the late french singer to her younger lover, Greek actor Dimitris ‘Takis’ Horn. It is not actually their love story that inspired me, but the content of that particular note.

Part of the note reads;:

“…I love you like I’ve never loved before. Taki, please don’t let my heart die..”

Now, that was the part that really captivated me. She wrote it so poetically that one can feel the passion in her heart. I really felt that passion; and that’s what made me put it in oil on canvas. La Vie en Rose is the title of one of the songs by the late singer; and I named the painting so.

According to the Greek Auction, the note was sold to a private collector in Athens for almost £1, 500. I think it worth even more.

And there we have it.


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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Abstract painting: How to read it. II

Hi There..

Last month, I discussed the first few steps on how to read abstract painting. Here are the last few tips:

A balance of form and colour

Since the initial stage of contact (a representational element) is disposed off in abstract painting, you will find yourself confronted by balance of colour and form. If there is balance of colour and form, the relationship between elements becomes clearer. Then composition which can be lost through the potency of the subject may emerge. Here the onlooker will be undisturbed; and he is taken into a cool world of ideas where harmony reigns supreme.

Participate with the artist

One can only approach this understanding by participating with the artist. This is because on one hand, the artist gives a totality of himself and his own interpretation of the world around him (inner meaning). The spectator on the other hand, only accepts the facets of this interpretation through the facet of his personality. This constitutes a meeting point between them.

It is true that understanding and appreciating abstraction demands great intellectual efforts, i.e. meeting the artist half way, going intellectually and consciously towards him. In language, abstraction means departure from the concrete, and in art, it denotes abandoning the conventional.

Abstract quality has always existed in art. The abstract quality of a painting is when all the pictoral elements such as composition, colour etc, can be decomposed into absolutes (angles, squares circles etc) and are subordinated to the harmony of the whole composition.

Quality assessment of abstract art must therefore, be judged through the harmonious balance of elements with each other, and so also the total effects. It is also important to understand that every picture is a combination of varying degrees of emotion and intellectual ideas subordinated to a central feeling.

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in arts and painting


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A Poem For Grandpa

Look there, at the starry night, you said to me
Each star twinkles, telling you of its existence
Hanging farther up the moon, alive and well;

Look at that straw; you pointed to the barn
It grows fresh, green, slim grass out of it
Continuity, you say, is life’s incorruptible nature
And a constancy no man would dare question

So life is good, my boy
You must continue thriving in its course
Never you give up until you change the world
Make choices, make peace, make compromises
Make your world a heaven.

I held on to your words; and to life; how happy.
I made choices, I made peace, I compromised
I gaze at the stars and ignored the moon
The straw sounded silly, yet, I respected it

But this moment changed everything
Here am I standing by your grave, in silence
The life you cherished has made you old and weak
That life you cherished has eased itself out of you
And left you to rot and turn to earth.

Should I cry
Should I not
Should I be angry, pleased, indifferent
Should I not
Should I end my life and taste death as you did
Should I not

So I turned on to Life
But Isn’t it too selfish
That life defied all the rigours of our time
And the time past; still, invisible and silent
Yet, make us all old and weak and die; and decay
Holding on to ticking clocks on our walls and wrists

Isn’t it so unfair
That it makes the fool out of us
Watching with calm, our pathetic lives move swiftly
While it smiles whenever we think it is moving fast against us.

Isn’t it all clear
That the four seasons never increased
Reduced or change in the nature of each
And the seas remain black, blue and red
Not even yellow, purple or pink

Isn’t it curious,
That the sun never ceases to shine and rise
Never it hovers only between the north and south
Look at the stars, are they sparkling green and red
Like the neon lights in down town Manhattan

What has life to offer me before I join you
A heart beat, a breath, some sleep, sun, stars
No valour goes there
The valour I need comes from me
I must move on.

And while you rest your soul in the afterlife
I’ll keep making choices and compromises
For peace, I won’t promise that
If I don’t fight with others, I’ll fight within me
I need the valour. Peace comes after one has it.

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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Abstract Painting; How to Read It

Crazy Crazy!! 
If there was anything in art people find so incomprehensive and unconvincing, that would be abstract art. Abstract paintings, to those that find it hard to stretch their intellects, seemed meaningless. And in a country like Nigeria where art appreciation is at minimum, abstraction was madness.
On an exhibition, I saw an outrageous comment written by a medical student about an abstract paintings. He suggested that artists should undergo a ‘psych’ evaluation; and why? Simply because most of the paintings  were ‘meaningless’. I thought at first the individual was been unfair and unkind, but then I carried out a simple test; I chose a painting from the exhibits and placed it side by side with the word ‘meaningless’. Then I asked some onlookers whether they could make a meaning out of it. To my amusement, most of them looked at it for a moment and simply said ’you tell me’. So I rested my case
The Idea: bstract art is just a play of shapes.
In abstraction, nature is expressed by pictoral absolutes such as cubes, spheres, spirals, and triangles etc, achieved by composing those absolutes into a harmonious whole. To simplify it further, it is concerned with the essence of outer appearance of things and their rearrangement into forms and planes so as to fit in some general pattern. Understanding abstract art, assessment of its qualities as well as appreciating it thereby deriving pleasure from it have some mechanisms.
There are indeed some difficulties in understanding abstract art. But here is a list of some tips I’d like you to consider:
  1. Abstract art has a subject; you should know that.
  2. Know that A balance of form and colour makes abstactions pleasing to look at. 
  3. Participate with the artist helps a lot.

Now lets take a look at these points in turn.

Abstract art has a subject; No?
Just like representational art, abstract art also has a subject, but it is one that is not representational i.e. it may not take the pretext of object familiar to us, such as a tree, a human face or an animal. However, the abstract subject is the balance between these absolutes that exists only in our intellect; because the artist have eliminated the first line of contact between his artistic personality and the onlooker i.e. a representational element. So it is important to understand that the subject in an abstract painting is only a means for display of colour and form.
So what’s the next thing to consider after the Subject? Mind you, it’s still difficult to read it since the initial stage of contact (a representational element) is disposed off in abstract painting. we’ll talk about that next week. 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in arts and painting