Sartch is proud to have acquired a large range of Barry Ikechukwu pieces which has been making ground breaking movement in the African art world with collectors and African art enthusiasts. Within the movement of emerging Nigerian artists Barry is considered key. His works are currently the go-to for most African collectors and has generated interest which spans from South Africa to London. It seems Barry’s unique style and trend of paintings have created a buzz that is growing at such a rate he has already started to produce exclusive works for some of the most notable figures in West Africa.
Barry described this amazing journey as a result of his 3 main philosophies that he stands by:
Always create a piece like its your last.
”Before I I used to approach any piece of work, I would look deep inside myself for creativity and inspiration. When I finally started I was never satisfied with the end product. I then decided to take a different approach. I would treat each piece as if it was making its own significant mark, I would imagine it was my last work so I want to give it my all. It was then I started producing works I became proud of, and in turn the people around me loved it”.
Aim for a legacy, not money.
”These days too many artists are focused on getting as much money and fame as possible. Which I believe is the wrong approach. When you start to work in that direction you lose sight of what’s important and the passion fades. Which is noticeable in your work. I want to create a legacy for myself. A body of work I can be proud of and where the artwork itself speaks volumes. If your body of work is good the rest will follow”.
It is not a competition. Move at your own pace.
”As an artist its hard, you hear about new artists getting picked up by galleries and featured in art shows, and you then start to put pressure of yourself to catch up. I have learned that everything that happens will happen when the time is right. Don’t focus on anyone else‘s career and compare it to yourselves. We are all on our own journeys. Focus on yours and what you have been waiting for will come”
Barry’s works are available on www.sartch.com