Sought after, paints with a knife: A day in the life of an artist

A colleague once asked me, “What do artists do all day”? In answering the question, I decide to follow an artist of great repute, with a very busy studio schedule, personal interests and family life to attend to. Of course, Chika Idu, a contemporary Nigerian artist, is worth following all day for many reasons. His strongly figurative and personal style, which is easily recognizable, also traces his trajectory and stylistic development. His technique involves the exhaustive priming of his canvas, while his broad oeuvre embraces themes such as social justice for women and children. Commonplace i…

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