8th March, 2012
An artist, Alamutu Olatunji, on Wednesday in Lagos said that more artistic impressions would boost Lagos State’s aesthetics in line with the state’s mega city dream.
Alamutu made the observation in an interview with the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) while doing a painting on the state’s immediate past governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the Costain Roundabout.
Olatunji, a graduate of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, said that without artistic impressions, outlook of cities would be dull.
He said that his painting on Tinubu was his contribution to the mega city project.
The artist said he would do the painting of some other personalities in the state at strategic places.
He told NAN that he had done some artworks on the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja.
“Foreigners visiting Lagos will see these artworks and appreciate our arts and culture.
“Artworks are for decorating offices, homes and public places; you can also store them in museums and galleries,” he explained.
He, however, expressed regrets that many Nigerians had yet to appreciate work of arts.
“People all over the world appreciate artworks; Nigerians should not be different,” he urged.
He explained that artists interpreted a people’s culture through artworks.
The artists urged federal and state governments to develop the art industry to project better the nation’s culture.