Afromysterics is the mystery of the African thought pattern.
It was sometime in 2011 that I was introduced to Laolu Senbanjo’s work in Abuja. It was at one of the European embassies, I think. I remember walking around the space like a little child, tugging at my friend’s arm when I found yet another detail seemingly hidden among the swirls of charcoal and colour. That was what intrigued me the most, how could he possibly fit in all those details and yet create a cohesive picture?
And then when I met the man himself, I approached with apprehension. I’d already been told he was a lawyer; so I was expecting a brooding man, maybe too involved in the overwhelming muses in his head to suffer curious fans. Well, by now you know that wasn’t what I got. He’s a cheerful man with so much art to give the world. I’ve seen him evolve in his expressions: from the art to the music to the acting. He’s a national treasure.
I discovered William Ukoh, WillyVerse (pictured above), on Instagram. He’s a wonderful Nigerian visual artist and photographer. I was immediately drawn to the pop of colours and clean lines.
Okhai Akhigbe (A.K.A Leankid) is a Nigerian freelance illustrator, digital artist, and designer whose work focuses mostly on fashion. Gone are the days where fashion illustration was not taken seriously and illustrators were considered anything but artists. Yes, fashion photography may have trumped illustrations a while back, but best believe, illustrations are no longer being taken for granted and like this article says,
Elegant sketches that were undervalued and ubiquitous in the fashion pages from the Twenties to the Sixties are becoming prized – and have won their own art exhibition.
I’ve been following Modé’s work from a distance for years now. I’m glad I now have this space to share my favourite things with you. Modé Aderinoku is an artist; all-through. From watercolours to portrait sketches to photography to fashion illustration to her custom gadget skins and accessories and comics! Yes, comics. I only recently discovered Jand Comic. It’s original and funny.
(Isn’t it great that these exist?)