Olumide Oresegun

A professional painter, Olumide Oresegun, on Saturday urged Nigerian artists to research more into various aspects of the nation’s culture and the arts.

He said in an interview in Lagos that it was only when Nigerian artists are able to put the nation’s culture and the arts in a perspective that they can then effectively market them.

Oresegun, a hyper-realist artist, whose art went viral on the internet in 2016, noted that Nigerian artists also need to be able to project the nation’s arts and culture through visual arts.

“They need to work with what has been in existence and tell a story about things that are trending, our history, events and other related developments to express our cultural experiences and diversities.

“We need to master some things through research and constantly making inquires on them, for a better understanding.

“I used hyper-realism to project our arts and culture and everyday happenings in our surroundings and our country,’’ he said.

According to him, If we have to grow in the arts and culture, creativity will be uppermost in our leaders’ minds.

“They must think on how to make it grow and promote it for the continued progress of the nation.

“They should invest in technology, science, music, fashion and all the arts; they need unique creativity for all of them to prosper.

“If art is given the importance that it needs, it will affect every profession positively, which will help in the overall development of the society,’’ he said.

The artist said that if artists were empowered by the government through provision of grants, access to the grants will help them do research and go into other valuable initiatives.

“The artist has to study what he does properly, find out his deficiencies and endeavour to perfect them.

“We should not begin to limit ourselves and think that anything good cannot come out of Africa,’’ he said.

Hyper-realism is a genre of painting and sculpture similar to high-resolution photography.

It is considered an advancement of photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting paintings or sculptures.

Oresegun’s high resolution painting depicts water droplets sliding down the faces of children, as though taking their bath in the water. It looks as real as a photograph, but it is not.

Oresegun is a graduate of Fine Arts at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

He hails from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun, but was born in Ikorodu, Lagos.

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