These works are an example of some of the best of my Signature stylings. This is where I actually developed my
(C)Neo Afro Style ( which is Theo/Folkloric based ) I keep the African signature of symbols, and the Geometrics Motifs present because that is the narrative aspect of the work that carries traditional African design methodry and information. I defy the tradtionally "Lower" classification of Folk Art by identifying the Cultural connections within Folkloric communication and incorporating that energy in my themes and as a lifestyle. So although I have extensive Art Schooling and am College Educated, my aim became to raise the Bar for Folk Art in general in my teachings and my studio work. Folk Art is Living Art with a a story. That should Always be a value.
Folklore is multi generational and changing with the times - therefore a true expressive reflection of life among "Folk" because Folklore is like a Gene. I realize the the standing definition of Folk Artist is "unschooled", possibly poor and uneducated,
alcohoic or drug involved, and working for mere sustenance or as a hobby >therefore "NOT" seen as "Important Art" to the field. Yet Billions have been made from reselling cheaply acquired Folk Art around the world even to the extent of buying wholesale
and then reworking them to look more expensive. Many tourist shoppers just don't realize the difference between a wholesale commercial carving and Fine Art Traditional Sculpture from an established house. Folk Art has also been described as crude or primitive. Basically, the Folk Atist is akin to the Self Taught Artist. Many shun Art Education for various reasons including misconception and approaching the act of Creating of Art more radically. Art is radical Self or Social Expression for many.
My designs are totally freestyle with no preliminary layout...the composition is built section by section and in layers. The "Pointillism" ( dotted ) technique adds depth, texture and color field. Cowrie Shells top off some pieces and add additional depth and texture as well as Folkloric significance. in old Yoruba Land, Cowrie Shells were a form of Currency.
La Tierra / Onile
Hand Painted T Shirt 2008