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FASOLA GIDEON: THE FIRST PEN-AND-PENCIL ARAISM DISCIPLE

FASOLA GIDEON, THE FIRST PEN-AND-PENCIL ARAISM DISCIPLE.

                 FASOLA GIDEON: THE FIRST PEN-AND-PENCIL ARAISM DISCIPLE

African art has progressed a lot in the last few decades. It has carried a proper representation of African culture out in different forms. One that is striking is the ARAISM Art; an art that depicts what happens in Africa and the things that run in its blood.

In 2006/2007, Araism was invented by an ambitious and remarkable Nigerian man, Mufu Onifade. It was exhibited twice between July of both years and has since then made exploits.

WHAT IS ARAISM?

Ara means a lot of things. It could mean creativity, wonder, thunder. In Igbo language, it is breast.

Araism art movement means all.  It has patterns that look like cracks caused by thunder. It’s a creative work when viewed as a whole, hence, creativity. And it gives pleasure (aesthetically) like the breast.

WHO ARE THE DISCIPLES OF ARAISM?

When Mufu Onifade launched this movement, he had five disciples. Now, widely spread as it is, Araism has produced several other artists, and a particular disciple- though not a founding one- is Mr Fasola Gideon.

WHAT MAKES FASOLA GIDEON UNIQUE?

“I haven’t gone too far into it, because I don’t like being boxed to a corner, I’m using pencil and pen  whichever way I want to, and that’s being creatively independent.

Fasola Gideon is unique in the way he represents his art. This man is the first to create Araism artworks with a pencil. He goes further into African Symbolism/Iconography and Minimalism. He’s trying to infuse Uli, Adinkra, and Nsibidi into Araism and Minimal Abstract Line Art.

The artist who began Araism in 2012/2013, described himself as a Minimalist, Africana, Unconventional and Creative.

“I haven’t gone too far into it, because I don’t like being boxed to a corner, I’m using pencil and pen  whichever way I want to, and that’s being creatively independent.

“I am proud of being the artist that those who need unique, unconventional deep art come to,” he said.

Enunciating how the movement has shaped him, Fasola said, “It’s a catalyst for my love for abstract, African based art, and art is more about message than just fine.” 

Expatiating, the minimalist asserted that if his life was a hashtag , it would be #outofthebox.

Interestingly, asides from being a pencil and pen major in Portraiture, Mix Media Artwork, and being experimental in Acrylic, Gouache, Oil Color, Water Color, Gideon is also a brand developer. He has worked with brands like; Adriel House Perfumery, Virago, Black Pearl, Diamond Acre Software, Liberation Kitchen, Ọláwálé (Musician), Plaices, Hanbows.

FASOLA GIDEON’S WORKS

Although the artist didn’t reveal all his works, he explained the motivation behind four fascinating ones.

After reading about the Masai arranged marriage where the bride seldom knows the one, she’s married to till she gets to his house, Fasola created art from it.

Masai is an ethnic group in Kenya and some parts of Tanzania. In this art, the wedding day is not a happy one for the bride.

FASOLA GIDEON, THE FIRST  PEN-AND-PENCIL ARAISM DISCIPLE.


Her husband to-be is masked but the families, especially the groom’s family are happy.  The art was drawn with a pen.

FASOLA GIDEON, THE FIRST  PEN-AND-PENCIL ARAISM DISCIPLE.


This art was drawn with a pencil. It depicts how women and money are interrelated. “Women are very essential in life, so is money. Money spice life, so do women. Those that are too fond of women will fall into trouble, so it is with money. And in fact, money is needed for women than it is for men,” he said.

FASOLA GIDEON, THE FIRST  PEN-AND-PENCIL ARAISM DISCIPLE.

This is another fascinating work of the disciple, used as a cover of a poetry book and commissioned by the poet, Keith McFarlane.

“A scientific theory argued that Eve is an African. Hence, the full African hair instead of long European hair and the African hips. The tree of good & bad; Green & Red – curved like the serpent.

“This art captures the moment Eve was admiring the forbidden fruit, imagining what will happen after eating it.

“The angel’s wing at the background represents the angel waiting for Eve to eat the forbidden fruit before banishing her from the garden.”

The drummers in this art portray no joy.  In our society, Party drums are on forceful rest because when workers are not paid, working becomes sad.

“I drew this art with pencil and charcoal on canvas. Where there are no encouraging platforms for creativity, it will struggle to strive, and can even die off. Ìdùnnú Níí M’óríyá (Joy Beget Cheerfulness).”

Conclusively, Fasola cited hard work and creativity as the requirements of being a disciple of the art. He said, “Araism is a free movement, no one is boxed, but if you want to practice Araism, you must be hardworking and have a deep love for African creative art.” FASOLA GIDEON: THE FIRST PEN-AND-PENCIL ARAISM DISCIPLE

“The challenge is the creating process, if one is very hardworking it will not be a challenge.”

FASOLA GIDEON, THE FIRST PEN-AND-PENCIL ARAISM DISCIPLE.

“I am proud of being the artist that those who need unique, unconventional deep art come to,”

FASOLA GIDEON

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