Art by REWA

 

A brief introduction on who Rewa is?

Rewa was born and raised between Nigeria and England. She received a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology from University College London (UCL). She currently works as the Head of Corporate Development and Investor Relations for a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed company.

A self-taught artist, she developed her talent from a very early age. Growing up, her father encouraged her creative drive, his expansive art collection of art from West Africa, provided further impetus for her development.

How did you get into Art?

I began creating art whilst living in South Africa. I had reached a mental nadir and needed some form of catharsis. I began creating pieces which eventually formed The Pantheon collection. They were so well received and I thought hmmm… I may be on to something here.

What does ‘being creative’ mean to you?

To me, being creative means taking something familiar but making it truly unique and idiosyncratic to your personal style, so much so that when people look at your creations, they say, “REWA did that”.

Can you describe the first time you realized you could draw?

Gosh, I’ve always known how to draw so there isn’t a singular defining moment.

How do you know when your work is finished?

When I put my signature on it.

What’s your most important Art tool?

I have too many important tools. I use traditional materials, ink, acrylic paints and brush on cartridge paper, to capture an essence. Making the paint assemble and the ink announce.

What inspired your style of painting and what does your work aim to say?

My subject matter is WOMAN, I celebrate her in her many forms. My colour placement is at times capricious when I begin but dissolves into a deliberate cadence once I have conferred with my woman. Her essence is captured in this dalliance of caprice and calculation with the ink coming in for the coup de grace. My first private collection, The Goddesses, fortified me; they saw me through at a time that I needed it most. My second collection, The Travellers, saw me safely back home. The women who make up Onitsha Ado N’Idu, these women have mended, enriched and succored me throughout the various stages of my life; they have made me whole.

What does the process entail from start to finish?

To begin with, I sketch my subject matter. Depending on my mood, I then determine a colour palette and finalize the painting with inks. Sometimes, I start with a colour palette in mind and end of with something completely different!.

How do you socialize?

In many ways – in person, over the phone, via social media. You know, the usual ways.

How do you price your work, And Why is Art so expensive in general?

Galleries support in pricing my art. Regarding “expensive”, I think this is somewhat of an inaccurate label. Art is subjective. It cannot and should not be confined to any particular price bracket.

How have you developed your career as an Artist. And How do you seek out opportunities to get your name out there?

Since I started creating, I have found that I am always creating. It has been non-stop. This has helped to refine my technique and draw me closer to my subject matter. I haven’t had much time to seek out opportunities and its been a whirlwind since I started my creations and opportunities have come to me.

Where do you see African Art in the next 5years?

I think the momentum that has been built up over the past few years will continue to snowball and a number of upcoming artists will be key in putting African art on a global platform.

What projects are you working on, and where can we find you online?

I may be a part of the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Colonial Heritage Project. I am in talks with a few galleries for a solo exhibition. Finally, I will be expanding my art and going bigger with the pieces – pushing my boundaries out as far as I can take them. Instagram: artbyrewa

 

 



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