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About Gidan Karatu

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

 
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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.

See you next time.

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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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