Afro Pop Art

I was privileged to meet critically acclaimed artist, Lemi Ghariokwu at the Arc gallery, where he was exhibiting his new body of work titled "Afro Pop Art: Politics, Life and Lyrics". His name may not ring a bell but his work definitely will, designing 2000 album covers, Lemi Ghariokwu is renowned for his culturally, iconic work with Afro-beat legend Fela Kuti. He designed 26 covers for Fela including 'Yellow Fever' and 'Zombie'. All the way from Nigeria, Ghariokwu brings cultural awareness, political narration and realism relevant to Britain in exploding vibrant shapes and colours with a dash of wit.

His present movement or "brand new biscuits" as he called it with an exciting grin, is a reinvention of himself and his creativity in order to stay relevant to the times. Still providing social commentary through his art work, he explained that his new use of digital and minimalist techniques was a challenging process because he was moving away from his comfort zone of traditional methods. However, unlike his previous body of works, Afro-pop art challenges the viewer to think and decipher messages within the art rather than it being spelled out for you and literally you have to spell it out for yourself as a in the case of the "Eyesite" piece. Now have a go yourself....

Written by Pepper Okwesa

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