“If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”
~ Edward Hopper
The fact that art says things words can’t say is my major reason for loving art. The ‘wow’ feeling of someone creating something good beyond explanation.The depth artist reaches to for them to create beautiful artworks that make you think. I think about how he or she did that, what is the artist trying to say? Art makes you think deeply and focus well for you to get every detail of what a particular Artwork is about.
When I came across Alex Peter’s work, I knew I have to chat with him for him to share the story behind his art. Alex discovered his gift of Arts and painting at a very young age, he grew in it and developed a deep passion for it. He developed his artistic skills using different kinds of drawing mediums like a pen, pastel, pencil, and Pyrography art/wood burning (use of razor, sandpaper, and burner). He’s a self-taught pencil artist and a self-taught PYROGRAPHER (wood burning) artist. His artworks centers around what his eyes can capture and how life is perceived relating to the African settings, which he then skillfully executes realism.
I started this Pyrography art (Razorblade on wood) as at 2010. Was doing pencil and pastel works as at then. Because of how my passion was for art, I searched for more different kind of unique styles until I discovered this kind of art in Benue state, so I worked hard and did self-practices on this technique, by infusing my pencil style to this kind of art to form realism. I was inspired by an artist, Simon Agbo. I grew and improved in this genre of art, that’s how I was able to create a realism with it now.
Hyper-realism is a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high-resolution photograph. Where it seems like you can’t differentiate a photography from an artwork. Hyper-realism is considered an advancement of Photo-realism by the different methods used to create the resulting paintings or sculptures.
Interesting! What drawn you to art? What challenges have you faced as an hyper-realism artist?
Art has actually had a place in me since I was a kid. The passion to create is a crucial thing in my life till date. Challenges I face as an artist sometimes are materials and time.
What inspires your kind of art? Are you in anyway trying to pass across a specific message with it?
I’m inspired by my environment and how it’s perceived by people and me. I try to express the feelings, emotions of how my environment is been perceived and how people can stand up to any challenges life throws at them.
Have you done any exhibition since you started?
Which other artists inspire you?
Which artist will you love to work with?