French word hyperréalisme (Hyper-realism) was first used as an exhibition title in Brussels in 1973. It is a style of art in which the artist uses “pictorial images” as a reference medium to create a more descriptive and detailed presentation, which, often, as opposed to photo realism, reflects on it. Is narrative and emotional “. Simply put, it is a form of illusion created by promoting reality. Hyper-realist artists try to bring an extra dimension of reality to life.
Sunday News (TNS) talks to Nigerian hyper-realist artist Famous Amobowari.
Born in Benin City; Adu State, Nigeria, Amoburi studied visual arts at Benin University. His hyper-realist expression is a wonderful and wonderful reflection of human images presented in a ballpoint pen and a humble lead pencil. His work is so realistic that one has to look twice to make sure that the artworks are drawings and not photographs.
Its texture, surfaces, effects of light, and imagery of shadows seem clearer and clearer than their original subject matter. He emphasizes trying to capture the emotions of his subject. The results are outstanding.
T.That news on Sunday (TNS): What is the color of your work, blue?
Famous Omoburi (FU): Blue is the primary color in all color space models. This is the color of the sea and the sky. It is often a symbol of peace, stability, inspiration, wisdom and health. I feel it whenever I work with a ballpoint pen. Blue can be a calm color and a sign of reliability. In most cultures, this can mean sadness. It can also be related to life. Note that the sky is blue. The sea is blue And it calms the eyes. I like to message people. I find it appealing to both men and women.
TNS: What is your favorite part of this process?
F.U.: Strokes; Drawing lines vertically, horizontally, as an arc, in a circle, in other ways. My art is born of harmony! You see, it’s amazing how one line can create such a realistic illusion. Most people think this is normal but I think it is a process in which the world should pay more attention and value. I want people to see how 1,000,000,000 lines in 200 working hours can be differentiated from blank paper.
TNS: Some of the themes in an artist’s chosen essay or aesthetic experience are preliminary. How did your life experiences affect your aesthetic style?
F.U.: Oh my! In many ways! I am far from what is going on in my environment and society. I’ve found that people are amazing in a variety of ways. For better or for worse, there is always a message for their action. And I just like to talk about it. I see it as something that people should be aware of. As an artist and as a human being, I go through challenges in life and most of the time I smile in the midst of these challenges, believing that it will be okay. This applies to the strokes of my process. I asked people how I try to smooth my lines and not be so clear when drawing. The truth is, I do it because I go through the ups and downs of life. It’s not always pink and even then I smile and still be happy with people. So the lines are there but not clear!
TNS: Why Do You Use Colorful Ballpoint Pens Only as Medium?
F.U.: I also use a weak lead pencil! I just discovered that the ballpoint pen is a tool that understands what I want people in the world to do. I still use both, honestly.
TNS: What is the message you want to communicate through your own pictures of humans?
F.U.: I like to talk about life and experience. Sometimes, I want people to be careful, to make them aware of the terrible things that are going on in today’s society. Art is life And it is the highest form of human expression for society that creates it. With my interest in communication, I use my work as a medium to communicate with people and tell stories. A famous portrait of my work is a self-portrait, inspired by the late Phil Coty in 1975. He is the great legend who sang this song titled Water No Gate Anime. Coty sings, “If you want to bathe your baby, you use water. If you want to cook, you use water; water calms the hot head.” Drawing Water in a person’s life Talks about the importance of Water is life and there is no one who can do without it.
TNS: How will you prove your statement that the female personality in your work is the agent of expression?
F.U.: Women are so special! There is a lot about them. I think they control everything in the sense that sometimes they can be calm, gentle. Sometimes they can be lions if they want to be. I see women as agents of expression because they quickly connect with people’s minds – in a flash – without the viewer wondering what’s going on in the masterpiece. They are as special as they give birth to life.
TNS: Which artist has impressed you the most and why?
F.U.: Calvin Okafor. He is my mentor in the art industry! I found out about it on Facebook in 2016. At the time, I didn’t know how to get into the genre of hyperrealism or even realism. There was something about his work that stopped me from scrolling through my phone. I’ve seen hyper-realistic artists before, but when I approached Calvin’s work, I felt a sense of relief. It was more than just graphite on paper, I felt his love for his work and I made the right decision that I would create art. So I took my pencils and started practicing and drawing whatever I could find or see and how I was progressing.
TNS: What is your opinion on current social or political issues?
F.U.: Through symbols and ideas, I convey a meaning to the world; Basically reality and nothing more.
TNS: What modern art trends do you follow?
F.U.: I follow the contemporary art style.
The author is an art critic and artist based in Lahore