In the Realm of African Art: Àsìkò

Traditionally, African art has always been a type of art that connects to the core of the human nature, speaks to the soul and awakens something almost magical within anyone who is blessed to experience it. As African Style Diary’s dedication to the promotion of African culture, we have created In the Realm of African Art as one of our ASD Specials where we will be exploring different aspects of African art by expressing our love for African artworks and the creative brains behind them.

Out first feature is on a London-based Nigerian artist and photographer, Àsìkò (It’s the Yoruba word for Time). Every one of his art-piece is based on the narrative that connects fantasy and reality as a response to his experiences of identity, culture and heritage.

One can’t help but notice and appreciate his commitment to the inclusion of Afrocentric elements in his artwork and the close attention he pays to details. His Solo Show – The Adorned Series is currently showing at Rele Gallery in Lagos. Here is what he has to say about the exhibition;

“The Adorned series was as much about African women as it was about African jewellery. It was about their strength, their frailties, their disposition, their roles, it was about their magic.”

See more of his works below;

The Adorned series was as much about African women as it was about African jewellery. It was about their strength, their frailties, their disposition, their roles, it was about their magic. The adorned series is currently showing at Rele Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria till the 20th Nov. I will be giving an artist talk at the gallery on Thursday the 3rd November next week at 5pm. PS I am overwhelmed by the response to my last post about working with mua and hair stylists in Lagos. Thank you all for reaching out. Image: Aminat Ayinde the powerful conduit. #love #art #photography #portrait #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #portraiturec #jewellery #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #model #portraitphotographer #culture #melanin

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Things to consider for a photography shoot Photographers wear many hats; creative direction, logistics, project planning, location scout, retoucher, etc When preparing for a shoot, here are a few things that I take into account to make sure it’s successful Know what you want What’s your final image? What do you want the final product to look like? Once you have settled on that, work backwards and reverse project plan the whole shoot. As a visual artist I have found a lot of pre-production and planning are needed to put together a successful shoot. It’s not just a point and shoot affair, a lot goes on in the background to create the images and it stems from knowing what you want. Pre-production is just as important. Imagine each image Have you envisioned what your final images are supposed to look like? Here’s a handy tip for photographers, the human eye sight is apparently about a 50mm focal length (yes that 50mm lens that I know you all carry around). Plan each shot. Moodboard, Storyboard or create a shot list. Being over prepared helps with your confidence and reduces stress levels. Learn from the past Remember those shoots that sucked? Why did they suck? What can you learn? Look back at the old work and see what went wrong and make sure it doesn’t happen again. If we don’t learn, we are bound to make the same mistake again. Out-take oldie with model Jo Elias. Make up by Halima Bepo. Headpiece and Jewellery by Anita Quansah. #love #art #photography #style #culture #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #tribal #model #girl #model

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I am overwhelmed by the response to the skin project. I think I need to think of a cool idea for people who are not London based. I will be creating some images this weekend with some beautiful volunteers and can't wait to share the images. Here is the beautiful Moniasse who has gorgeous scarification markings and tattoos. Still looking for subjects to shoot with in the UK. Open to all women from different skin types, I am also looking things out of the ordinary. Vitiligo, Albinisim, women with excessive hair (bearded women). I want to create images with you and hear your story. #love #art #portrait #photography #portraiture #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #girl #skin #freckles #scarification #tattoo #tbt

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Visit http://www.asiko.co.uk to see more beautiful portraits

Photo Credits: http://www.instagram.com/asiko_artist

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