“Forms beat my imagination, but when expressed on canvas they give the audience the opportunity to see what you have in mind: especially abstract forms.”
Chris alludes to the difference between imagination and physical works of art, and how shapes are a basic but effective tool to move ideas from imagination to a visually perceivable object. He is fascinated by the power of this principle of art in expressing his ideas.
I appreciate how he captures the spirit and atmosphere of modern West Africa. Street life and the city are common motives of his. Limbe’s streets are just as colorful, crowded and dynamic as Christopher’s paintings suggest.
Chris’ family has Nigerian roots. You can see that in another classic of his: the “African Landscape” painting he has produced in many varieties. He wants to show the rural side of West Africa, and the different atmosphere it has compared to the vibrant cities.
His strong connection to nature also shows in his material use. Sometimes, he makes collages with material he collects in Limbe’s beautiful rainforest.
Chris’ mission is social. I met him when we ran a painting project for two orphanages in Limbe together last year. He continues going to the orphanages and teaching the kids the principles of art, moral values and tips for disease prevention, sustainability and a healthy life. He builds their confidence and creativity and simply gives the opportunity of distraction. Chris believes in the young African generation, and he is the best example of why we all should do the same.
Chris captures modern West Africa in many ways: In his artistic motives, in his technique, and in his spirit.
Christopher Osuji is a Cameroonian Artist. He lives and works in Limbe, a coastal town of the West-African country. In a developing country like Cameroon, being an artist has completely different implications than in a developed country. Artists also work as craftsmen: Most of the shops in Limbe have hand-painted signs and advertisements that Christopher is one of the producers of. He works on commission, as well as on his own works of art. There is little demand for paintings, unfortunately, as there are few tourists or venues to sell art in Limbe. Christopher recently exhibited at a cultural festival in Limbe, and has a permanent exhibition in a Hotel. Connect with him of Facebook.