I went for my first Arts Studio Trip today! Excited much….. But hey what do you perceive as an Artwork? How do you explain the concept of Arts. Does Art mean anything to you? I see Arts as a world of it’s own, and I believe it seeks to express the creative and emotional ability of the artist as he seeks to engage his audience’s aesthetic sensibilities. Arts comprises of different forms: literary arts, applied arts, musical arts, creative art, commercial arts, visual arts, etc.
Wiki explains that “The purpose of works of art may be to communicate ideas, such as in politically, spiritually, or philosophically motivated art; to create a sense of beauty (see aesthetics); to explore the nature of perception; for pleasure; or to generate strong emotions. Wiki still helps us to define Arts as “(i) a study of a creative skill, (ii) a process of using the creative skill, (iii) a product of the creative skill, or (iv) the audience’s experience with the creative skill. The creative arts (art as discipline) are a collection of disciplines which produce artworks (art as objects) that are compelled by a personal drive (art as activity) and convey a message, mood, or symbolism for the perceiver to interpret (art as experience).” Art is something that stimulates an individual’s thoughts, emotions, beliefs, or ideas through the senses. Works of art can be explicitly made for this purpose or interpreted on the basis of images or objects.
Enough of all the definitions, Do you even know you are a piece of Art, beautifully crafted by the Chief Artist to fit a purpose. The shape of your nose, colour of your eyes, the way you smile is a unique work of Art and can never be duplicated in reality but penned down on canvas, I sure know someone by the name Okolo Oliver. After visiting his studio today, I’m more convinced that God poured upon us his creative ability. Born in Suleja in 1992, Oliver discovered a passion for art early in life drawing has always been a great deal for him after graduation. His search for a more creative atmosphere that would satisfy his artistic desire and growth is ever driven by his passion for art, and his works AMAZING, MIND BLOWING and WOW. I met Oliver today, thanks to I Can Draw Africa – A Platform that showcases raw African artistic talents and promotes Arts Exhibitions and trainings on visual arts.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life
Dara Benjamin, one of the team leads for I Can Draw Africa facilitated the visit as Oliver showed the team round his studio and explained the motivation behind his works.
In a brief interview, Oliver explained his journey so far, his drawing process, his conceptual ideas, the gains in pursuing his passion for arts as well as the misconceptions around figurative art. According to him, he enjoys drawing people he knows and loves to express emotions while drawing. He talked on the value of arts despite the fact the Nigerian Market hasn’t fully valued this uprising blend of creativity. He also mentioned an upcoming art exhibition later this year, at Gwarimpa, Abuja (you might want to follow him to get updates) where he intends to showcase some collections that speak in similarity with the renaissance age. A beautiful sketched portrait of Mary Magdalene is among the beautiful pieces he intends to display in October.
The ICDAfrica team had such a great time exploring his works and engaging with his other pieces on his sketch books. It was all fun and fun as energetic energizers added colour and laughter to the event. One of the important notes I took back from this event is the “Art of staying true to your Art” – I understood that every of my results depends on how much belief I have in myself and the willpower to deliver. Another take back for me is the “Importance of Supporting others and Building a Team” because relationships go a long way to increasing your networks, referrals and long term success.
Your Art is unique, no one can do exactly like you.
I think it was months ago that a hyper -realism portrait of Kevin Hart drawn by a Nigerian Artist went viral and this makes me appreciate the more the beautiful talents we have as a nation. Arts isn’t cheap but it’s worth every penny. I think it’s time we start valuing this part of life.
I am artistic and proud. I really love experiencing the process of making figurative and visual art works come alive, as well as watch performing/musical arts. Cherokee Bars are one of my favorite places and attending Art exhibitions give me good vibes! I would even want to have myself drawn in the future ever since I watched Titanic.
Do you like Arts?