Poetic, futuristic, pop art, and surrealism are many descriptions ascribed to John Madu’s art. His paintings are bold in figures and colours, making it impossible for the works to go unnoticed. They pull you in, nudging you to engage, interact and understand the stories held within the frame of their canvas.
Some philosophers or theories say that art is a way to imitate what you see, as such accuracy and honesty in art are highly valued.
Plato’s theory on art purports that art is nothing more than a copy of a copy of an ideal, thrice removed. Using a couch as an example he believed that the true artist was a god, who then inspired the carpenter, who then inspired the painter.
At first, trying to demystify a piece of contemporary art, especially abstract pieces, could be daunting. In fact, many people new to the form, struggle with it.
In truth however, it is not as complicated as it seems. More often than not, contemporary art reflects socio-political and technological changes of a given place in recent years. Contemporary art also questions societal values and assumptions, especially post-modernism.
Contemporary African art is popularly understood as art made by artists in Africa or Africans in the diaspora in the post-colonial era. In examining the evolution of African art, it is imperative to look back to the early practising artists, whose works have stood through time and have been influential to many 21st century artists.
Our list is not at all exhaustive, nevertheless, it features African art masters who have not only contributed to the development of African art on the continent, but to the global art scene.
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- JOHN MADU – THE ARTIST ADDRESSING “IDENTITY TONES” August 16, 2018
- ART AS AN IMITATION OR MORE? August 14, 2018
- HOW TO UNDERSTAND ART August 8, 2018
- CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART MASTERS July 30, 2018
- IN CONVERSATION WITH YETUNDE ODEDIRAN July 25, 2018