Privileged to meet the CNN featured, Urban Artist of change, Osa Seven. This experience held more than art appreciation, it included revelation and education.
Work took me to GET Arena, I arrived the venue to witness my first graffiti experience by Osa Seven. Art has been part of my unexplored passion/talent so this sight caught my interest, the drawing on the wall gave me the usual pull I feel for Art, the scribbled lines on the wall puts your brain to work while trying to figure what has been drawn on the plain white large wall, which turned out to be a Go Kart rider in motion. Osa was right there preparing to start up while taking sips of a cocktail drink.
Tools for the painting arrived and the second phase of the painting started. I watched in total fascination, taking shots and labelling this painting, ‘Becoming’ – a title I selfishly chose because I felt like I was evolving for the first time in a long while as I watched Osa transform the lines into art. I later delved into work but kept watching at every chance I had.
During my process of transformation, I reflected on the other part of this excitement which tends to be ignored often – the Artist and the hard work which took hours to complete. There were times when Osa had to rest due to arm aches from moving the ladder and other tools. And then comes the risk of being affected by the spray paint, which is hazardous when inhaled. Not to talk about the courage it takes the artist to put feelings into his art.
The flame that fuels the artist is not solely a function of talent, but is fed by the friction between talent and character. Osa worked seamlessly for several hours while the graffiti painting was gradually taking its full form. Lots of people came and left as it was close to sundown.
Osa’s teammates took a break, while he stayed there tirelessly putting his essence into his Art, that’s where transformation happens, that’s how change occurs. I’m glad he has his talent channelled towards development too.
Osa has definitely given me a detailed education on Art value, the learning was fun, the excitement was contagious, and I definitely look forward to another opportunity to see Osa at work.
Written By: Atere Olubunmi.
Photography: Shola Animashaun