triBBBal Artist Spotlight: Beyond the Surface; A Journey through Figurative Forms

In this article, we embark on a journey through the captivating world of Okeke Buchi's minimalist art. We delve into the essence of his work, where figurative forms serve as vessels for conveying the complexities of the human experience. Each piece is a whisper of emotion, inviting viewers to pause, reflect, and immerse themselves in the subtle beauty of simplicity. Join us as we unravel the profound symbolism embedded within Buchi's minimalist masterpieces of, exploring how his minimalist approach breathes life into his figurative forms, evoking emotions that resonate deeply within us all.

Introduction:

Through the gentle strokes of his brush and the deliberate placement of forms, Okeke Buchi navigates the intricate terrain of human emotions with remarkable finesse. His art transcends mere visual representation; it becomes a conduit for introspection and profound connection.

Artist Bio:

Okeke Maduabuchi Precious, a Nigerian native born in Benin City, Edo State, belongs to the Igbo tribe and traces his roots to Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Having received formal training in painting from Auchi Polytechnic in 2018, he embodies a profound passion for conceptual minimalism. Through his art, he demonstrates how minimalism can serve as a therapeutic experience for both the eyes and the mind.

His artistic expressions predominantly feature figurative forms devoid of color, yet rich in contour lines and intricate patterns, inviting his audience into a dialogue. With a focus on illuminating the voices of his subjects on canvas, he masterfully evokes a range of emotional moods, drawing inspiration from various facets of life to empower the vulnerable.

Beyond his artistic pursuits, Okeke harbors an unwavering commitment to mental health issues affecting individuals across all age groups. He employs minimalism as a vehicle for expressing his thoughts and embarking on a journey of self-discovery. Presently residing in Lagos, Nigeria, he dedicates himself full-time to his craft as an artist, with aspirations to continue his endeavors well into the future.

Working with:

  • Signature Gallery

Exhibitions:

  • African Modern and Contemporary Art Auction (Sogal) Signature Gallery 2023
  • Group Exhibition (theme: GLARE) 2023, Lagos, Nigeria
  • The ninth Silk Road International Art Festival (china) 2023

                                                                 

Interview segment with Okeke Buchi:

Q1. Can you share the story behind your artistic journey? What led you to pursue art, and how has your style evolved?

From a young age, I harbored a deep appreciation for art, fashion, photography, and music. The sight of drawings and paintings in television shows and storybooks never failed to captivate me, infusing my soul with a profound sense of tranquility. This early fascination led me to embrace drawing as a personal pursuit, an interest nurtured with the invaluable support of my mother. Thanks to her guidance, I pursued my passion through formal education, ultimately earning a degree in art.

Throughout my journey, painting in all its forms held a special place in my heart. However, as life unfolded, I found myself veering away from art temporarily to earn a living. This diversion left me feeling incomplete, eventually plunging me into a state of depression. In my darkest moments, it was the simple companionship of a pen and countless sheets of paper that provided solace. Though I initially explored traditional painting techniques, the vibrant colors began to overwhelm me. It was then that I instinctively turned to a simpler approach – drawing lines and figures.

This minimalist style profoundly resonated with me, offering a sense of inner peace and guiding me through my struggles with depression. It was as if this newfound artistic expression found me, effortlessly weaving its way into my life. Recognizing the transformative power of art, I realized that I had just started my journey and that it was not solely mine to traverse. There are others out there who may be grappling with sadness, despair, or hopelessness – individuals who could benefit from the therapeutic nature of creative expression.

With this realization, I embraced a newfound purpose: to share my unique artistic journey as a beacon of hope and healing. Through my minimalist drawings, I aim to offer solace and inspiration to those in need, turning my own experiences with depression into a tool for positive change. My journey is not just about personal growth; it's about extending a hand to those who may be navigating their tumultuous seas, guiding them toward the tranquil shores of artistic expression.

Q2. How do you approach the process of creating a new piece or body of work? Do you have any rituals or routines that help you get into the creative mindset? 

My creative process is akin to a divine revelation. Whether I'm in the studio or immersed in the world around me—be it music, movies, people, imagery, or literature—inspiration strikes like a bolt of lightning. With precision and care, I use my artistic tools to manifest these visions onto canvas, each stroke a delicate dialogue between my thoughts and the surface before me. Painting is a meditative act; my mind clears as I commune with my inner self, expressed through the canvas.

                                                                       

                                                                                               Title: Shared Emotion 2

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Q3. What techniques or mediums do you primarily use in your creations, and why do you find them particularly suited to expressing your ideas

My artistic approach embodies what is termed minimalism, while others may refer to it as Tramp, making it simple and minimal. I streamline my creations with a focus on lines of contours, a style that resonates deeply with me. Art, for me, has always been about externalizing one's inner self; it's a pure expression. Thus, I choose to set my canvases against a pristine white background, allowing each line—be it straight, curved, thick, or thin—to convey its message to the observer in diverse ways. By maintaining simplicity and leaving aspects partially detailed, I invite the viewer to engage actively, completing the artwork with their interpretations, using both their eyes and minds. Ultimately, my art seeks to touch the soul of whoever beholds it.

Q4. Do you have a favorite piece or project that you've worked on? What makes it special to you, and what was the inspiration behind it?

I don't have a specific favorite among my art pieces; each of my creations holds a special place in my heart. Each piece is a reflection of my innermost self, influenced by my emotions, the music I listen to, current events, stories, images, and the world around me.

Q5. Can you share any interesting stories about the inspiration behind a specific series of artworks?

One of my series, 'Time and Essence', was inspired by the concept of love between partners, contemplating how individuals commit to each other through all circumstances: happiness or sorrow, prosperity or adversity, from youth to old age, until death. This exploration led me to ponder deeply on the true nature of expressing love selflessly, solely desiring the happiness of the other person. This theme extends beyond romantic relationships to encompass the bonds within families, friendships, and communities. If we collectively strive to embrace love in its purest form, devoid of personal gain, the world could be free from conflicts and life would flow more smoothly. Time, as they say, waits for no man; what stories will we leave behind when confronted by mortality?

                                                                    

                                                                                                   Title: Time and Essence

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Q6. Can you describe a moment when you felt the proudest of your artistic achievements?

One of my proudest moments occurred when a client graciously thanked me for my work, expressing how it uplifted her spirits. Additionally, being recognized by a prestigious gallery affirmed to me that I am on the right path and that my work is gaining attention.

Q7. Are there any current trends or movements in the art world that you find interesting?

As an artist, I find the current trend of abstract painting particularly intriguing. It requires a departure from conventional images and pushes the boundaries of perception, leading to a realm of art that transcends our world.

Q8. Can you describe the role of art education in your artistic journey?

rt education has played a vital role in my artistic journey by helping me confront fears, learn from past masters like Leonardo Da Vinci and Van Gogh who broke boundaries, and guiding me to perceive the world and strive for improvement through art.

                                                                     

                                                                                                 Title: Time and Essence

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Conclusion:

In a world filled with excess, Okeke Buchi's minimalist works offer a refreshing perspective. By stripping away the unnecessary, Buchi compels viewers to engage with the essence of form and space. His art is a testament to the power of simplicity, leaving a lasting impact long after the final line is drawn.

To learn more about Okeke Buchi, please visit his profile:

https://tribbbal.com/Buchi07


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