A. Yes. Society; I see society as my individual partner of different characters. Every character it shows turns out to be my inspiration. The things it expresses day in day out- the petrol queues, the hawkers in traffic, the fisherwomen in Makoko, the unemployed graduate, the ife and modakeke crisis, the riches in a swamp called Niger Delta, the traffic warder at ojuelegba junction, the BRT buses, our nation’s insecurity, indecently dressed young boys and girls, the single mother…. all these and much more give me creative ideas for expression.
A. No. Never....and to be honest, I don’t think I would do so anytime soon. If and when I decide to display my works, I have over 30 pieces in paintings and drawing un-displayed, it would be for my own museum or gallery. I have personal and principled reasons why I don’t do exhibitions and I let you in on some. They the more reason why I had to develop ideas and re-discover and empower myself so as to do other things of expression so that I can survive just like you earlier pointed out. Such principle is quite demanding in holding on to and you must know what you doing. I don’t do exhibitions because am not a collector, am an expresser of art! You discover real and natural expressers not through exhibitions, but in the most rural or uncomfortable places. These are people who translate their environment or whatever it is around them into expressions that create impressions holding your attention. In my opinion, most people who do exhibitions are those who understand this fact and simply turn to collectors of finished products. Most times, they are quite wealthy and influential and can organize big platforms to showcase several ingenuity purchased from the local artists but more disappointing, go as far as calling it their own. This takes away the empowering imagination of the authentic expressers personality or environment that ought to further complement perception of the finished product. Both this and the finished product naturally ought to go hand in hand for the work to be fully appreciated. But when the finished product is hosted in an altered highly promoted platform, to me, it reduces the value of the finished product. Every expression ought to have a story that’s why during exhibitions you see artists explaining the painting or finished product to the potential buyer. Picture a scenario where it doesn’t need to be hyped or promoted but its meaning easily understood from the original environment that hosts it or which its inspiration came from. There’s a cabal in this industry…if you are not part of that cabal and do exhibitions you would only make peanuts. You’ll do exhibitions; people would come, appreciate your work and offer half a million naira in the presence of everyone. By the time they actually come for purchase, they’ll bring N50, 000. The cabal which rules this industry have certain fetish and fraudulent gimmicks that guarantee bad success for most artists- smuggling of illegal drugs in and out of countries through artworks, carving idols for sorcerers, arms racketeering and all sorts of nonsense. If you want to “quickly” appear successful, they’ll promote you and take you all around the world with these gimmicks and you’ll make money from it. How long the money lasts is the question and where you finally end up is the answer. These are the hidden rules and business agendas most successful and influential artists adopt. You see certain paintings and art works being sold for up to half a million dollars, not that some art lovers don’t afford and purchase such works but more often than none, on this side of the world and other parts, its rare; there’s often something illicit about the painting/artwork inspiring such transaction. I have my own focus and wouldn’t want anything to ruin it. Without exhibitions, I have built my own home. Without exhibitions, have bought my own cars. Without exhibitions, have gotten married, what more should I begin to ruin my future for?
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