Arts and culture research will fuel better understanding, relevance -Artist


An artist, Segun Akano, has advised his contemporaries to research more into their arts and culture to get richer contents on what they wanted to put out to the masses.

Akano is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Arts and Interior Designer and Eden Culture International Limited, Lagos.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that research was very vital for every artist’s success.

He said that would make the artist to have enough background knowledge of what he was talking about and an in-depth analysis of his arts and culture.

Akano spoke against the backdrop of complaints by lovers of arts that some visual arts displayed for exhibitions lacked depth.

Most artists do not read and research into the subjects they wanted to create for the public before they ventured into it.

I am not satisfied with the normal oil on canvas I do, that is why I started trying my hands on other materials and every artist has to constantly do that.

I need to keep researching on new materials which can be commonly found around us,’’ he said.

The artist advised others to do a lot of research on the works they wanted to embark on so as to improve on their works.

You must read more about your culture and arts; about your people, there are many stories we have to document for future generation to learn from.

Arts need different materials and an in-depth research to produce a great piece, and it must have a well-documented history behind it,’’ he said.

He said that when people see their culture well interpreted in arts form, such people would be happy and might want to buy it.

Akano who graduated from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo state, said that he added interior design to his job because of his love for the arts.

I have this passion for educating people on arts and how they can display art works in their homes to make them look attractive,’’ he said.

Akano was among the artists that the Lagos State Government commissioned to showcase `Lagos @50’, and he created “Eko for show: Eyo Masquerade’’, with 7,800 screws.

Some of his works are “Mask’’, “Market Scene 1’’; “Street Market 11’’; Market Scene11’’; “Elegance1’’ and others. (NAN)