The difference between writers and readers is similar to the difference between EXPRESSIONISN and IMPRESSIONSM. Writers want to express themselves and readers want to be impressed. Just like art is not about beauty, art is an expression and as man screams from the depths of his soul; the whole era becomes a single, piercing shriek. Art also, screams for the spirit. This, is expressionism.
Expressionism, is a unique medium of painting. As an expressionist, you outrightly make the laws. You are not bind by the rules of ROYGBIV or the rules of highlight or strokes. You are a master of your art, with the exception of you mastering your objectivity and giving unlimited flow to inspirations beckon.
In this episode, we cover a certain young man whose art pieces express his deepest and darkest feeling to ring the reminder ‘WHY?’. Seeing a natural human teeth, known to be white but painted in tomatoe red will pop questions or, the American flag painted the opposite. As an expressionist, your use of colours lack guidance.
Akintobi Akintayo Ezekiel, a young male artist from Nigeria. Born on the 11th March, 1994 in the largest city in West Africa- Ibadan. A city that has inspired thousands of artists to find meaning in art. Popular for it’s ‘brown roof tops and hills’. A visit to the state is sure to make you wonder.
Akintayo, a native to Ode-Omu in Osun State, south west Nigeria. Born into a family of three and two step brothers to his family chain. Having attended his Junior High school in Ibadan, and Senior High in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, south west Nigeria respectively. He shared how he first got inspired during his primary education. “I had a friend in primary 3, his name was Lekan. He watches Mortal Kombat alot and he often made drawings of it’s various characters. One of which was ‘Rayden'”.
Support from his father and uncle, gave him a clear path to embark on becoming a professional artist in 2011. He was admitted as a student of Fine and Applied Arts in the University. Explaining calmly, “my style as I know it today, was inspired by a man from Austria called Voka.”
Voka, is a ‘Spontaneous Realist’ who coined this term himself as a way to perform a unique art of his own. Expressing art with vibrant colours and making large canvas paintings at quick pace having trained mostly with the use of water colour.
“I came across one of Voka’s videos on YouTube while studying. I was still at the cross road of knowing what my own style would be.” he explained.
The Spontaneous Realist movement started by Voka has influenced many artists and such of, is Akintayo – who follows suit with the use of vibrant colours to interpret his deepest feels as an African-Nigerian
Akintayo, hopes to extend beyond Nigeria. He sees himself as a trailblazer of spontaneous realism in Nigeria. Taking over each challenge as if it were a driving wheel. “sky to me, is not the starting point, the universe is.” he said. His goals are unprecedented.
Just as it is, the general challenge of up and coming artists in Nigeria- the populace appreciation of art is mainly by words of mouth. They be like “whao! This is beautiful ! You did this?! ” and not appreciating the office of brain it came from financially. He hopes for sponsors to help with exhibitions and other relevant platforms to their art.
“my family and friends kept me going.” Akintayo said. Most a time, we search for the right shoulders to lean on even though, not all shoulders are strong enough to withstand our muscle. Akintayo’s family has always been there to manifest when needed so, are his circle of friends.
“I love my style because of the freedom of expression it gives me. The colour render and realism.” he explained. His choice of colours gives him appreciations due by his fans and loyal clients. Adding, “I have invested time and lots of sleepless nights, burning through mood swings and financial uproars to get to where i am today and i still am nowhere because, i aim for the universe.”
Expressionism, to Akintayo, has brought out the creativty buried within. He still hopes to dig deeper, faster into the abyss. He only felt inferior for a while being a climbing artist in the industry.
His role models: Olusegun Olawoyin – a book lover who recommends books for him and pushes him off the cliff to force out his creativness; Voka – the spontaneous painter in Austria; Imafidor Jonathan – a painter and excellent motif pronouncer.
So, we say, skimming from Walt Whitman ” the art of art, the glory of expresion and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”
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SO FAR ART EXHIBITION, Ile-ife, Osun State, Nigeria.