These Hyper-Realism Drawings Of Nigerian Artist Arinze Stanley Will Blow Your Mind
The first thing that strikes you about Arinze’s work is the fidelity, the honesty, the degree of realism, the assumption that you are a staring at a perfectly captured photo before it hits you that it is indeed a work of art, that it was brought to life by the hands of the Lagos born, Igbo artist.
Arinze labels Kelvin Okafor, Joel Rea and Emanuele Dascanio as inspiration for his works, yet a glance at the masterpieces created by the self taught artist, and it is obvious that he has indeed through their works found himself, found his voice, he has come home to the knowledge of his abilities, a spot that is the watershed for any artist.
Nicknamed, “Nigeria’s Picasso,”Arinze’s exhibition “Insanity” pulled heads at the Omenka Gallery in Ikoyi, Lagos.
In a March 2017 feature on Creators, Arinze revealed that what he indeed loved about the works of the aforementioned is the level of discipline displayed in their creative process, how they are able to articulate strong messages through art. This is most important for him, the substitution of art as a means of creating conversations.
He further explained his creative process; Sometimes it’s almost like I’m not in control of my pencil,” he said, “It’s sort of like energy transfer: most times I feel like I transfer my energy into a blank piece of paper through my pencils and it becomes art.”
Thinking of his words at depth, one can indeed conclude that Arinze’s art does possess energy, the energy that leaves your mouth gaping, that prevents you from looking away, the energy that holds your glance and then courts it to worlds unimaginable. Arinze’s art is indeed magic, and he that intends that it stay that way for a long while.
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