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Promise O'nali

Lagos, Nigeria
The art of O'nali Promise has gone through various stages of incubation; these periods of his creative synthesis have been necessary catalysts for the wide audience and acceptance his works have came to receive. During the formative years of his life, Promise was always driven by the brutal force of visual reality and communication. This set him apart from all the other students in primary and secondary school. For him, visual interpretation had no specific time, place, media/materials and support. As such, he made art everywhere and with anything. During these years, his most handy art materials included eba, candle wax, boiled yam, leaves, walls, charcoals, broom sticks, sand, clay, cartons, discarded tins, old news papers, and any material he could squeeze out colour from. Due to the fact that nobody could/wanted to buy him a separate book for his personal drawing practice, He made use of the loose sheets of paper which always littered the school classrooms after classes. These he would sew together with needle and thread and then, Voila! A drawing book emerges.

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