An Artist, Alex Nwokolo, addressing journalists at Terral Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, venue of his art exhibition titled, Authenticity of Thought , on Saturday June 9, 2012.
Lagos (WorldStage Newsonline)—For Alexander Nwokolo, a Nigerian versatile artist, his group of art works titled, ‘Authenticity of Thought’, currently being exhibited at Terral Kulture, Victoria Island Lagos, has come with a message on social-political issues.
According to him, “I talk about social political issues because, we are all aware of what is happening worldwide. You know all the injustice, abuse of human right in Nigeria and other part of the world, things that we normally ignore, that we don’t see, then bringing it to the consciousness of the people. There are some that we take notice of and there are some that are not within our consciousness. We just see them; we don’t pay particular interest in them.”
He said he had been painting since he was 15, but “for the body of works here, it all started last year August. But before then, I have been doing some other works. This is just a new experiment.”
The exhibition, a partnership with Sachs Gallery and other sponsors, which opened on June 8, will close on June 12.
He explained that his works were not just based on imagination, that experiences were also involved.
“It is not just my imagination, is all about experience too. Sometimes art works don’t only come through imagination. You relate your experience in life, just like you tell people what happen to you, what you have observed, you can relate it to people’s lives,” he said.
“I like piping through the window of a plane when I am flying. I do that every time and it interest me. So I decided to bring it to live. But it is not a common view point for a lot of people, because not everybody flies and for those that fly too, they might not be interested in what happen outside the plane, you may miss out, you may not be keen to have observed that. A lot of thing may pass you by and you may not take note of them. But as a creative artist, I need a lot of things. So when I see them I keep them there. So it was time to call them back, to bring them to reality where they could be appreciated,” he explained.
Bernadette Umeri-Mjalli, Curator, Sachs Gallery, the major sponsor of the exhibition described Nwokolo as a very wonderful and very inspired artist, adding that they had worked together in the past and that what really inspired them was his ability to come up with fresh ideas.
“We have worked with Alex over the years. What really inspired us is that he comes up with fresh ideas and we decided it would be perfect for us to go into partnership,” she said.
According to her, Sachs Gallery was established in 2002 to promote artists and help them to be recognized in the industry.
Other sponsors of the exhibition include, Veuve Clicquot, Access Bank and Arra Vineyards.
Alex Nwokolo was the winner, Rector’s Prize of Best Academic Performance (ND) 1988, winner Rector’s Prize of Best Academic Performance (HND) 1991, second runner-up Guinness Nigeria Plc Art Exhibition Lagos, 2004 and Excellence’s Award, Auchi Art School, 2010.