LIFE AND DETAIL ART STYLES OF THE INTELLECTUAL AFRICAN ARTISTS: AN EXAMPLE OF BIOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS OF A POST NIGERIA INDEPENDENCE ARTISTS, TOBENNA OKWUOSA

Elenwo Morrison (PhD)

Abstract


This paper examined and discussed the neglect of detail art styles in the analysis of biographies of the intellectual African artists with particular reference to the post Nigeria independence artists that have varieties of ideals, styles, and techniques of producing arts which contribute to the present creative forms. The aim of the study is to establish the life and detail art styles of the post Nigeria independence artists with the view of providing an insightful biography of one of them for the study of others. The objective of the study is to analyze the life and styles of works of a Nigerian (African) artist in detail in a biographical study. The research design is biographical survey of qualitative research methods. It adopts the historical survey technique which relies on primary and secondary source of data collection. The study exploited the life and art styles of Tobenna Okwuosa based on his training as an artist, his creative philosophies, themes, materials of expression, ideology of art, chronology of works, his exhibitions and commissions, and contemporaries. The paper also highlighted the benefits of detail art styles to the artists. It ascertained that, documenting artists’ lives and art styles has significant academic prospects for African artists. Therefore, the life and art styles of the African artists should be brought to lime-light as a way of encouraging them for further academic work. Recommendations and conclusion are proffered. The intellectuals of other fields of specialization are advised to emulate this research idea and document their hardworking scholars to encourage them for a sustainable development in Nigeria and other African nations.


Keywords


Life, Art Styles, Biographical Analysis, Post Nigeria Independence Artists, Tobenna Okwuoasa.

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