The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique. Every man strives for creativity, uniqueness and recognition. Though, most might not admit but at one point in time, we all want to be seen and known that is, what drives a man’s daily goal as he jumps off his bed. Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform the yellow spot into the sun – Pablo Picasso. It all boils down to how one can drill oneself.
Nature and man are two opposite components. To embrace nature means harmony and peace. These two in return, gives man endless inspiration. Odeh-Ifeyinwa Nkem, is a man who eats and dimes with nature. As an artist, he has embraced the true nature of naturalism as his medium. N doubt, his works are a million questions in each canvas piece.
Born in Venus; Raised in Venus but from Pluto. That, is Nkem. Born on March 7, 1994 in Ile-Ife, South West Niger
ia, he hails from Delta State, South Southern Nigeria, Ika south local government – Agbor. A state responsible for the riches of Nigeria today. A state permanently tattooed with endless fountain of life. A crude oil hub that boasts as the 7th largest deposit in the world. It’s reach culture and dressing makes you wonder how it has endured the test of time.
Both parents are late but that does not in any way stop a man with life’s purpose. Moments of sorrow should not weigh a man down. The thought of looking and saying ” I know you are proud of me.” has been a motivation to Nkem. Late Dad, was the former Head of Department of the Medical Records Unit at Obafemi Awolowo University, one of Nigeria’s leading universities. Late Mum, was a business woman. Nkem is the second f two children.
Having attended Sunshine Nursery and Primary school, he then proceeded to OAU International school then, the University, where he was offered an admission in Fine and Applied Art.
His love for art has been groming since the days of his primary education at the age of 8. According to him, he often got encouragement from his proprietor. He started painting professionally since 2012.
Nkem’s inspiration, according to him, comes from nature itself. His environment, the things he sees and experiences.
He sees passion in what he does and that has always been the fuel in his life’s vehicle. Most people, see waste everywhere but for Nkem, all he sees is art and more supply in his inventory. He specializes in naturalism and mixed media- using waste materials to speak the language of art. “each time people complain of waste all around, all I really see is art littering with beauty’s air.” says Nkem. He uses acrylic, oil colour, water colour and drawing using dry medium such as charcoal, chalk, pen, conte and pencil to express certain deep thoughts when they come knocking at Master Nkem’s warm hands to give them expression.
The love for colour, is unquestionable as for Nkem, “waking up each morning or at twilight, you will truly know how beautiful nature is. The whisper of the birds, the song of the trees as they dance to the sound of the twilights’ cool breeze.” says Nkem, poetically.
He sees himself embarking on life’s strongest horse. He is ready for the word to paint his way beyond the reach of time. He hopes for countless solo- exhibitions and platforms to tell the world his story.
His late Dad, gave him all the support he needed during his life time also, Dr Mrs Anyadike what has been the bone at his back and Pastor Dr Mrs. Stella Ajisebutu “while I was in senior high, I was the only individual who picked Fine and Applied Arts as my major in the univerity while others picked their term of professional courses now, I know mine is more promising because art lives through time.” he expresses. Adding, “I have no regrets making the decision. In fact, I feel proud today and forever will.”
Nkem sees art each day as a new ground t break and more experience to mine from. His role models include: Peju Alatise, El Anatsui, Shonibare, Ibe Ananaba, and Baba Bruce Onobrakpeya – a renown Nigerian painter who has particularly inspired him since Junior High school.
To buy his works, visit his page on Macroshops here