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Osagie: Stroking Into Third Decade And Counting
« on: August 03, 2013, 09:35:06 AM »

Osagie

Before last year, when he staged a solo art exhibition, Views in Colours which held at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, Osazuwa Osagie had been buried in studio work. And it looked like a course of his professional practice that would not end. But once staging that solo exhibition, the life of unbroken studio hermit is no longer desirable to Osagie.

Having been an active player on the visual arts turf for three decades, Osagie, unsurprisingly was becoming like many of his peers who seem to value studio practice more than anything anymore.

Currently strengthening his studio practice and also freelancing as a cartoonist with a national daily, The Nation, Osagie stated that his ?professional life? has been full of adventures with less breathing space such that a solo show had been in the plan for long, ?but my busy practice made it impossible?.

Another solo is not exactly in view this year, but keeping in touch with the general public, he explained, is not all about exhibition, ?but stepping into another phase of my art and updating the public.

?I have had a very busy professional life in nearly 30 years of practice, but it has happened so fast.?

He recalled how an unsuccessful attempt was made at having a solo show few years ago. His busy studio schedules, he disclosed ?made it impossible.? The unrealised show, he said, was planned to mark 25 years of his professional career.

Being a cartoonist, perhaps, has filled the gap of direct touch with the art loving public, but not exactly enough to express himself fully as an exhibition would. This much he got with his last show. And towards the 30th anniversary, he hope to remain constant in the minds of his followers.

As an artist, particularly more engaged in portraiture and several other commissioned works, the experience in the past three decades, he said, remains invaluable. However, Osagie is looking forward to bringing all these into his future art.

This much, some of his works explain in what could be a new period of ?creating argument with images?. Such works exude topical and social commentary, expressed in figural and spiced with refined rendition of ?dialogue with art.?  And more importantly, the works stress the artist?s resolve to be more engaging with his strokes; clearly a characteristic that is synonymous with cartooning.

And for every stroke, shades and light of Osagie?s on canvas, there is a spiritual connection. One of the works from his new period titled ?In Thought? explains this as much as the subject epitomises a faint line between joy and depression.

Clearly, traditional form of painting, which Osagie is not likely to drop and join the growing converts of ?contemporary? artists, has been facing some kind of systematic persecution in Nigeria, lately. But the strength of his themes, indeed, is in the commentary, so suggests works like ?Zulet? a reclining posture captured during his undergraduate days at Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State; and In Thought, a mood, highlighting a reflective or decision-making moment.

Reflecting on his seemingly long absence on the exhibition circuit, he argued that it was not exactly a complete break out. ?I have participated in group shows home and abroad, even a solo in Ghana.?

He disagreed on constant exhibitions: ?I think an artist should space exhibitions to create freshness.? But he admitted that, sometimes, ?lined up of commissions? encroach into most artists? planned exhibitions, hence the continue procrastinations.

An artist, he noted, should maximise his creative licence by spreading across the diverse areas of art. For him, inspiration in this direction came from two of his older colleagues. ?Kenny Adamson and Prof. Dele Jegede inspired me.?

Adamson is arguably one of the leading artists on the field of commissioned jobs in Lagos, particularly, of public art while Jegede was once a household name in newspaper cartooning. ?It?s better to be an artist than a painter; meaning that I can be engaged in other creative areas.?

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