Showing posts with label art critics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art critics. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

Texture is something, I always use in my art because it adds more details to what I'm creating.

Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

 I always look for new ways, to incorporate texture and color, with any surface or medium I'm working with, in order to add more depth and creativity to my object of choice. 

Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

These particular objects, are vases and ceramic tiles. My inspiration comes from a rich combination of different flowers in a

Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

 garden that have diverse colors, yet the colors seem to blend in a breathtaking way.

Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

 I felt the need to use colors that are complementary, in a way that gives you

Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

 a summer garden look, where all kinds of flowers  with different colors and shades  blossom together.

Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

These art pieces I have created, is what I refer to as art accessories and they are

Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

 stand alone pieces each with a story depending on how you relate to it or your interpretation.

Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

 Though each art piece has a different narrative, it is easy to point out my use of color and sculpted texture, as my primary objective. 

Abstract Art Object by  Miabo Enyadike

It is basically what I was hoping to achieve........

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Africa is my continent, one that  I love and cherish, the eclectic mix of cultures and people is beyond imagination. 

Every country in Africa is unique to its people, culture and origins that's why the continent, is always a draw for people to visit and explore.

 My Africa, is a place where  resilience is inborn not acquired, you inherit that!.  Family is everything  and you support each, other no matter what.

 I love my Africa,  the dusty streets, the simplicity of the people,  the ceremonies that last for days with no reason at all, except the need to celebrate a cultural event. 

The communal feast and the beautiful array of colors that is reflect in our culture. Africa is rugged, no matter where you see it, from Cape to Cairo that is what makes it interesting and fascinating, to want to experience this ruggedness and just want to embrace it and polish it, into something beautiful. 

The entire continent, is filled with huge potential, to make an impactful difference,I love that!.

 Having being exploited for centuries, it has left the continent weary and burdened, but the shine and attraction has never been defeated.

There is always something fantastic, coming out of Africa and that's it's people!. Our unrelenting resilience to be recognized, in the world stage is a huge factor in this rugged continent.

 My Art on Africa, expresses how I see the continents individual countries, tribes and ancient civilizations, lumped together, by colonialism.

Whereby people who had no clue or idea, about who we are or why we are, except  their poor unfortunate understanding of geography, decided to sew us up together and name us Africa. 

We are a people of different races, culture, habits, religion, educational aspirations and  origins.

From time to time, these differences, rears their ugly heads and transcends into tribal and ethnic wars that ravage societies, in the continent almost to extinction.

With that been said, we still rely on folklore and tradition to maintain, our different cultures and ways of life, as practiced by our forefathers.

 The mixed Media Art, I created tells this story just looking at it. It is made out of Jeans pants, stitched together with cotton ropes, and painted with acrylic paint, in very big brush strokes that appear rough,to give that street look of ruggedness. 

Then the ropes, are used again to create texture on the painted jeans. The jeans, signifies the defiance and resilience, of the African people despite all the misgivings, the continent has had to bear for centuries. 

The textured ropes, indicates the mishaps the continent, continues to grapple with, which seems endless and stands in the face of this fascinating  continent.

 These issues include wars, famine, corruption, diseases, that somehow overwhelms, the true beauty and potential of the continent.  

The vibrant mishmash of colors, are an indication of our colorful heritage, that is reflected in our diverse cultures, food, textiles and lifestyles, all through the continent.

We all know, how hard wearing Jeans is, which we wear everyday,it takes all the hard knocks, and even when discarded, can still wear prove its  usefulness. 

That, is why worn Jeans pants, are my inspiration and  the main material for this project. I used
 (20 pairs) of Jeans to be exact. 

To me, its hard wearing nature lends itself well, to this project, of my narrative of how, I see my Africa. 

The use, of these every day materials for this Art project, was because they are  fascinating, they draw curiosity and ignite creativity that extends imaginations, when viewed. 

As Art, the aim is to bring the audience into this narrative and that was achieved, when I exhibited this work in my recent solo exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria. 

This is how people see Africa from the outside, rough, dangerous, yet fascinating and beautiful.

 My Africa, may be rugged but it is resilient and indeed beautiful, like a work of Art filled with abstract theories and interpretations that are based on how you see it.....Enjoy.

   Miabo Enyadike
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018



These past few weeks, had me preparing and getting ready for one of my most ambitious and revealing Solo exhibitions yet, as an abstract Artist, who creates Art on any material availed to me.
I say ambitious, because I was going to 'Show and tell' to an Art crowd, that is new to my kind of free spirited way of creating Art, where boundaries and text book definition of a fine artist just doesn't exist.
The Art I exhibited, consisted of Ink Art on Paperboard, Newspaper and brown box paper.
Others included, Jeans Sculpture pieces and rope Art and textile Art.
Creating Art from discarded items, is different and relevant, when it is both functional and conveys a message to the audience in its presence.
Jeans Art

It was a tricky and nervous pitch, I made to my audience.
letting them into a very personal journey of mine, on why I create 
'Art the way I see it' from within me, in my purest form of interpretation, and a determination to Inspire others, to do same with their Artistic talent. 
Inspiring other well established Artist.

Was indeed a tall order.
The reviews where there, the questions where genuine and the surprise was real.
 The simplicity in my style of creativity and my color driven Art was called to question several times, but that is why we create Art, to shake things up a bit and in the process get noticed. 

I think I achieved that!
I truly enjoyed every conversation, critiquing and ideas, that were exchanged and the support, my 'kind' of Art received in Lagos.
It was indeed a rewarding and educating Journey, and the Press releases where kind and encouraging.
                                       Talking with the press.

I was Inspired by other Artist who attended my exhibition, and Collectors who collected my work,with a huge sigh of relief and gratitude, I say thank you to all and......... Enjoy.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017


 In all my 20  years career as an Artist, I've always wondered what goes on in the minds of the collector. Looking at it from the Artist point of view, and the  passion that ignites our creativity, we expect everyone to applaud or purchase our "great Art "without thinking.

What comes to our minds as artist when we work is  not just the response our works  receive from  others but also our own perspective. We are our greatest champions, as well as critiques. 

The expectations, hope and elation  we feel when our work is  praised and acknowledged  pales in comparison, to when our work is rejected or dismissed. 

Trust me I've been there! The feeling of disillusionment about one's creativity just by a 'snide comment' from a potential collector is an artist nightmare. 

Jekyll and Hyde; Ink on paperboard; Miabo Enyadike.

Who is a Collector or Patron of the Art?  Let me put it this way, so you understand the impact of the collector, in the life of the Artist'.

 'They waltz into your Art life and boom! you are made. These  collectors have the power to influence your creativity in your community and beyond.

Their choice to buy our Art or commission us, is what makes our effort as creatives or professional Artists worth it' 

 Collecting of Art works from the Artist, comes in different ways, they could be our friends, 
"paying family members",  colleagues,
 Art galleries, the internet, art markets,  art events you name it encouraging us to put our work and name out there.

Recently, I read a blog on how to start a
Fine- Art- Collection  by 'Celine Rabago', a Fine Art consultant with Pacific galleries and Auction House, her advice to  budding collectors, was:
"In the end, finding your own personal style and preference is what matters the most. Understand that while some art does appreciate in value this is not true of all art, collect what you love".
And this is my reply to her blog from an Artist perspective..........

I wish that could be said about all collectors, then every Artist would be successful. The collectors come in several ways, and they can be described as the investment collectors, and the passionate or the supporting "The art Collectors". 

Holiday Gifts

  The investment collector buys strictly, for investment purposes they don't have an emotional connection to the Artist. There emotions are tied to the financial benefits, of their investment and the narrative around the work of the Artist. And  that's my opinion, don't get me wrong.
The second collector is passionate about Art, they visit every art anything and sincerely are fascinated about every Art, they come across.

Flowers; Ink on paperboard; Miabo Enyadike

They ask valid questions and somehow,and follow the story of the Artist.

These set of collectors, exhibit raw emotions and passion by just viewing a work of an unknown artist either through the Internet or  live exhibition, without the presence of their "squad of  advisers and know it all Art agents".

 They are the ones that buy, for their true personal style and they collect what they love. They become your cheerleader, your unpaid sales man. 

They talk about your work, with such passion to their friends, that some are convinced, to buy your Art. 

They don't need anything from the artist, they are content to be part of your success story to be named the one who discovered your Art.. 

That is the Collector the Artist longs for and loves.

I had one such  experience in my life as an artist, in one of my exhibitions in Lagos, Nigeria. I re-designed huge traditional clay pots, with plastic cord ropes and painted on them very bright colors, they were good to look at, different from anything I was familiar with. 

                                   Face' Abstract Art; Ink on paperboard; Miabo Enyadike

The first day of the exhibition, didn't go too well. When asked to describe my inspiration and methods by some collectors, it was rough.

I heard comments like, my 10 year old can make this or is this not the rope used to make clotheslines to dry clothes? What has this got to do with art? 

It was one snide comment after the other that by the third day, I excused myself from being present so the curator had to represent me.

However,  the following day, after I had excused myself, I came back expecting the same comments, when the curator walked up to me and said there is a lady, waiting all morning to see you.          

                           saatchi/miabo enyadike

"She insists on seeing you in person" the Curator said.  I asked why, a little apprehensive, but she beckoned to the familiar lady to come over, and made the introduction and that was it. 

The look of appreciation in the eyes of this woman, said it all. She I recognized from the TV and the local tabloids because of her celebrity status in Lagos and well known place in the society. 

To cut a long story short, the pots where what she loved and she wanted all, it didn't bother her if they had future value or not she was redecorating and these pots where it.

 She went on and on about them, spoke to the gallery owner about them, made me wait to meet some of her friends she had told about the pots. The feeling of that moment changed my life completely.

                                           Untitled' Abstract   Art; Miabo Enyadike

The Gallery owner, went on and submitted my name to The Ford Foundation in Lagos. That year, alongside other artists. I  was awarded a  grant / award, by Ford Foundation through Terra Kulture a Nigerian Art Institute.

 A group exhibition was held, to present our works, according to the exhibition press release, this was written  about my pots;

 "Though a painting-dominated show, the other genres such as sculpture and print also offered very competitive atmosphere. In Potters by Afam Okwudili and Miabo Enyadike pieces of vases were presentations of contemporary and native African d├ęcor arts."
My life took a new turn, and this informed my decision to pursue my art my way. I decided to further my studies in design, moving to Johannesburg to a design school that changed my entire perception, about Art.

I was emboldened, to create an E book, of some of  my new way of creativity, as my Art evolved titled  "Art- the- way- I -See- It"  in 2014.
Art the way I see it
Art The Way I See It
All these events, have informed me to an extent  who the collector is and how they think
My thought, about the whole collecting Art thing, is the Artist needs the collector and so does the collector need the Artist.

For a new collector, the best place is the Internet because there, it's just you and the Art, the Artist information and all you need to know.  

There present and past works are accessible to you. 
A new collector can acquire an Art piece  from an Artist anywhere  in the world, without going on any journey and the prices vary and are competitive.The decision to buy an Art piece for investment or pleasure, lies in the collector.
 My duty as an artist is to create Art I love.... 
hoping  that it brings pleasure to my audience and
 stir emotions in them, that bring about 
collecting my  Art..........Enjoy. for My Online Art Portfolio


Sunday, October 15, 2017


What is a Melody?  
a sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying; a tune.

What is Nuance? 

 subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
Apply this to Abstract Art....


Abstract Art is like a Melody, that involves applying a sequence of color in different styles using different medium or media that is Artistically satisfying, to express an idea of a subject matter .
And it can also be seen,heard or called a Nuance depending on its interpretation. 

                Shattered' ABSTRACT ART BY MIABO ENYADIKE

This means that Abstract Art can also be seen as subtle difference of the same thing,  in its shade or meaning of a situation, object, place or thing. 

                 Fragile Humanity' ABSTRACT ART BY MIABO ENYADIKE

Artist use color, form and creativity to express the same meaning of an actual event. 

The Abstract Artists ability, to depict an actual event or object differently that bears semblance with a story, place, humanity, nature, etc is indeed a Melody and a Nuance.........Enjoy.


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When I buy shopping bags for groceries, I buy them for groceries simple.

 Lately they have been piling up and  I also don't remember to take them along to the stores.

 I always end up with new ones or opt for the  store plastics bags, any which way, you end up paying for either of them.

           Abstract mixed media Art;Tribal symbols; miabo enyadike

Cleaning out the pantry the other day, was well an eye opener, I discovered in a light bulb moment that it was not so bad to have all these shopping bags,because the texture could be used for craft or art of some sort!.

                  Abstract mixed media Art;Tribal symbols; miabo enyadike

That was fantastic, my thoughts  just went with my new desire, to apply art on all surfaces and experience, different textures and new ways of creating art.

                  Abstract mixed media Art;Tribal symbols; miabo enyadike

 I discovered they  could absorb paint and still retain, their texture and it didn't require a lot of priming of the surface.

               Abstract mixed media Art;Tribal symbols; miabo enyadike

Once I had that figure out, I decided to create Abstract mixed media art, using paper and small  cut out boards, with tribal art on them.

             Abstract mixed media Art;Tribal symbols; miabo enyadike

 I applied paint to the surface, of the bags and added all the other elements.

                       Abstract mixed media Art;Tribal symbols; miabo enyadike

 My aim simply is to reiterate the 
possibilities out there to create art, in our time as contemporary artist, regardless of our circumstances..........Enjoy.

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