24.07.14. A calabash pattern I made for Jewel By Lisa in mid 2012 just got printed. It is one of the patterns in the Jlabel (Jewel by Lisa diffusion line) and Fashpa.com collaboration.
photo: Lakin Ogunbanwo.
24.07.14. I have been working on a new website for my work. I will still be posting here on The SeekProject website but will also be making a lot of changes to it gradually, changes that reflect the reasons for starting the project.
The new website is www.karoakpokiere.com Thank you!
02.04.14. I am working on a series of drawings embedded in cirlces. This is one of them.
02.04.14. I recently completed a year-long illustration project for Ralph Appelbaum Associates, UK. I will put up images soon.
02.01.14. Happy new year. py new year. I look forward to creating and sharing a lot this year. Thank you for the interest.
14.10.13. Pattern design for Grey Projects. A fashion label based in Lagos, Nigeria. Will put up more photos when I get them.
14.10.13. I made a quick drawing on a wall in Mauerpark, Berlin in September.
09.09.13. Illustration for Show Us Your Type's London edition. The illustration is inspired by the Tube map of London. To view the other illustrations click here
12.08.13. Can we have a moment of colour?
Colour exists as an emotional camera that makes it possible for us to represent and reflect upon specific life moments.
Growing up, I consumed a lot of advertising. Some of the adverts that stood out were those for beverage companies. I succinctly remember the Fanta tv commercial that had Disney characters interacting effortlessly with the humans - they all proclaimed Fanta as their friend, I remember the Mirinda advertising campaign with the Three Orange Men who waltzed around Lagos.
The colour that these ads represented was Orange. Orange represented growth, liveliness, youth, optimism and happiness. In the case of the Three Orange Men it represented mystery and curiosity. Orange embodied life in ways that appealed to me as a boy and I was affected by it.
For Bruno Poirier, Orange represents openness and is the foundation of life.
I recently got to know about Bruno Poirier and his work. Bruno is a Parisian artist fascinated by nature and obsessed with the colour Orange, a colour that has provided direction for his art and deeply enriched his life.
Relentlessly for over 10 years he has painted everyday the oldest pear tree in Paris. He always begins his paintings with the colour orange, a colour he became conscious of in the 70's.
Bruno's paintings reflect his desire to engage with his environment and with a colour that has marked some of the major moments of his life - one being getting married wearing Orange.
Bruno Poirier - Orange Moment Video.
Apart from being a record of his environment and emotions through the years and a literal representation of consistency, discipline and passion Bruno's work and life represents what we may experience when we allow the twin forces of nature and colour into our lives allowing them to stir our lives into paths that not only enrich our lives but that of our environment and the people in it.
With colour we can add more beauty to the world . What is your colour moment?
11.08.13. My entry for the latest issue of Ijusi Magazine ( issue #28. The Tattoo issue) The digital copy can be seen below. Printed copies out soon.
24.07.13. I have a new t-shirt available for sale on Tjunk. Printed in Amsterdam, Holland on 100% Turkish cotton t-shirts.
The t-shirt is available for sale by following this link ------ http://goo.gl/BB6yMb
07.07.13. Lately, I have been painting a lot with Gouache (opaque water colour). I will share photos when I get the paintings properly photographed. So far, I have made six paintings. Good times. :-).
18.06.13. Future Cape Town published an article on the BRT Art Project I was involved in last year. It's titled 'Art with Bus Rapid Transit Systems: Lagos, Nigeria'.
The article can be read here ------ http://goo.gl/atMXO Thank you Rouen.
My friend Mode and I created a drawing together (image above). The drawing represents Lagos, Nigeria. It is available as a skin for macbooks, macbook pros and iphones. To get one, visit: http://studioofmode.bigcartel.com/product/lady-in-black
18.06.13. Drawings for My Africa is: Lagos Chronicles documentary.
18.06.13. This t-shirt will soon be available from T-Junk, Amsterdam. It's a print of my triumphant entry drawing.
Photo Courtesy Sanja Rocco. Exhibition Curator.
18.06.13. I exhibited some work at the recently concluded 'Another Africa - Contemporary Design from Africa' exhibition at the Ulupuh Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia. The show featured artists/designers from all corners of Africa and was on from the 22nd May to the 1st June 2013.
The exhibition was a part of Icograda's (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) 50th year anniversary programme. More information about the
exhibition can be gotten here --- http://goo.gl/WJ2b8
12.05.13. Two of my drawings recently got printed on 100% organic cotton t-shirts by the good guys at Spunky.co.uk (SP:UK). For more information please click the links below:
Heraldry t-shirt (left image) :
'Mooning' t-shirt (right image) :
Male - http://goo.gl/PTfr7
Female - http://goo.gl/s04Qg
31.03.13. Segun Orimolade and I made a video for the BRT Art Project. The video can be seen here - http://youtu.be/m6L46o9S8iI
31.03.13. Unused drawings from the BRT Art Project. Click on the image to enlarge it.
29.03.13. The Illustrated letters project got a honourable mention at 2012's Taipei International Digital Content Awards (TIDCA) ceremony.
29.03.13. I answered some questions for a Uli Museum interview. The interview can be read here - http://goo.gl/sBZxF
16.03.13. Two drawings I'm looking at completing soon.
16.03.13. The "Lagos Mass Transit" drawing was featured in the Financial Times UK article for Art Dubai - "Visions of a Fast-moving continent". The article can be downloaded here.
16.03.13. Two of my drawings "Lagos Mass Transit" and "Fuel Pump Millionaires" will be shown alongside the work of Nigerian artists Emeka Ogboh, Ndidi Dike, Taiye Idahor, Ade Adekola, Charles Okereke and a stellar cast of artists from other parts of West Africa at this year's Art Dubai Marker Programme 20 -23 March.
2013's Marker Programme focuses on art from West Africa. The programme is curated by Bisi Silva (Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria) and is based around the theme "Cities in Transition".
For more information about Art Dubai Marker 2013, the artists and spaces involved click here. If you are in Dubai from the 20 - 23 March, feel free to come around the CCA Lagos Booth A47 at the Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dubai.
16.03.13. The Bucketfeet Tokeria's got featured in the "Bucketfeet combines Art and Philantrophy" article by Hypebeast. The article can be read here.
I created patterns for Jewel by Lisa's Autumn/winter 2012 collection. Photos can be seen on the apparel page.
4.01.13. I created drawings for the CcHub's (Co-creation Hub) Boardroom panels. The photos can be seen on the murals page.
3.01.13. In December 2012, I answered some questions about my inspirations, entry into art etc for a Bucketfeet interview. The interview can be read here - http://goo.gl/K22ur
I will be posting more news from 2012 in the coming days. Thank you.
1.01.13. Here's to 365 new days to create and share. Happiness is certain. Thank you.
25.12.12. I created a drawing for the 2012 christmas season. The drawing is inspired by the strange compatibility between fuel 'scarcity' and the christmas season in Nigeria. The drawing can be downloaded for by clicking here.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year!.
20.12.12. A logo I designed for Fabrica ( a fabric accesory firm in Abuja ) is featured in the book: Logo Design 3 by Zeixs. Zeixs is a portal for interactive books for designers – founded by the publishing house Feierabend Unique Books and the design agency 12ender.
9.12.12. Some of my drawings can be seen on BRT (bus rapid transit) buses moving from the mainland to the island in Lagos, Nigeria. Think of it as an art exhibition in motion.
It is a public art project that is part of Goethe Institut Nigeria's 50th year anniversary celebrations and the ongoing lagos_live arts festival.
The project is about taking art out of the gallery into the public space and facilitating new connections between artist and audience.
"I am really excited about art occupying the same space advertising occupies in Lagos and I'm glad my work serves as an alternative the daily messages that urge us to see, buy, fly, attend etc.
I look forward to seeing how people react to the artwork(s) and how their presence has an impact on what images we see in Lagos's visual landscape".
20.11.12. Bucketfeet is a perfect example of what happens when a passion for footwear meets with a heart for art. I am glad to have collaborated with them to create a shoe called the Tokeria (image above).
The Tokeria's design is inspired by the Japanese woodcut aesthetic and African geometric motifs. It is available in male and female styles and can be gotten by clicking the links below:
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