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Ivie: Anagbado’s exposé of functional art

By CORNEL ONUOHA

Set to make its official debut with an exposé of a series of products dubbed Ivie, is a creative arts company, Lizaad.  According to Chuma Anagbado, illustrator and founder, Lizaad is a creative arts company set up to seek and provide functional applications for a new art form, which he calls Spontinism.

With artworks which he refers to, simply as illustrations, the artist and founder of Lizaad explains that Spontinism is a kind of art that is largely indigenous and cultural.

*Boko Haram, one of the art works displayed

“It is my own creation. But it is inspired by the art of my people. They are basic illustrations, very simple and not too detailed. But they still send across as much message as any detailed drawing would.

“You can call it line drawing if you want. In the arts, this type of art is generally found in the genre known as “urban art” he explained.

Chuma further explains that beyond aesthetics, Spontinism works better as functional art. This is why, “in this exhibition, we will be having two products; handmade t-shirts and framed artworks. For the next exhibition, we will diversify to include more products such as Jeanswear, shoes, hand bags, furniture etc.”

This is the first in a series of exposeés where new products will be continually showcased. This maiden edition will feature framed Art and handmade T-Shirts,” he stated.

The Fine and Applied Arts graduate from the University of Benin said that the artistic exposition opened on Saturday, 7th July.

In putting up these art pieces, proponent of the new form minimizes colour and space but maximizes light probably because of its functional nature.

A number of his illustrations are tied around geographical boundaries and happenings.

Among the ‘illustrated cities’ in his collection are Abuja, Benin City, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Warri. He also touches on national issues including the current scourge of terrorism ravaging the northern part of the country.

With about 20 illustrations on various colours of t-shirts, Chuma explains the whole idea behind Spontinism.

“I call it Spontinism in the sense that the time it takes me to create one piece is short though the time it takes me to conceptualise it is very long. It might even take months. But once I start with the first line,I don’t I drop the pen till the work is done completely. Everything just comes spontaneously. “He said.


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