Good Art Guide Issue 8 - Page 6

Frankie Alika

I began my Art career at the Federal

Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State. Nigeria.

My professional practice of art,

commenced in early 1998, my works

has evolved, and I began experimenting

with various medium which concepts

are based on abstract African motifs. My

works addresses the fragility of family

dynamics, culture and nature.

In 2000, I began experimenting with

Ink, Water mixable, Oil, Acrylic and

beads to form my medium of

expression. I later discovered that it was

easy to manipulate especially in

bringing out the “Uli” designs (a form

of abstract African motifs) of the

prehistoric people of the eastern Nigeria, used to decorate walls, bodies’ et al. which is still in practice till date.

The theme varies from family value to nature. The colors blue and yellow are predominating in my works because it symbolizes nature also, Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body, health, healing, tranquility. I often incorporate images and motifs into my works on Canvas and paper.Without the ability to actualize an idea or concept, art would not exist. My work is a constant search for the best way to interpret the ideas that I have about myself and the world I live in.