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With Just Graphite, Charcoal And Paper, Joy Chiamonwu Creates These Masterpieces


“I cannot get over how amazing drawings like this are,” is one of the comments on Chiamonwu Joy’s Instagram page.

Joy is an hyperrealist artist, whose drawings captivates both the eyes and the mind as they seem too real to be a work of art.

Born in Borno, Joy did not go to school to study art but developed the skills on her own. She was also the only student in her school to sit for Fine and Applied Art in the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

With just graphite and charcoal and paper, Joy creates this masterpieces.

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Title – Onyinye (Gift) 2016 Size – 42 × 44 inches Medium – Graphite and charcoal on paper. The item placed on the plate which is held by these two mighty hands are called KOLANUTS. Kolanuts are important part of the traditional and spiritual practice of culture and religion in West Africa, especially Nigeria. Kolanuts are used as a religious object and sacred offering during prayers, ancestral veneration, and significant life events, such as naming ceremonies, traditional weddings, title takings and funerals. They are also used in traditional divination system called obi divination. In some parts of West Africa, Nigeria included, kolanuts were used as a form of currency. They are still used as such today, in certain situations such as in negotiation over bride prices or as a form of respect or host gift to the elders of a village should one move to a village or enter a business arrangement in a village. Kolanuts is the chief of all fruits among the Igbo people of the south eastern part of Nigeria. It is the first items served at any gathering and ceremony. Before it is being shared by the youngest in such gatherings, it is first given to the eldest in the gathering to bless it with a prayer and break it into lobes. The phrase mostly used by these elders is thus "He who brings kolanut, brings life". Kolanut is also the first item served to a visitor in a home, by the host. Kolanuts signify peace, goodwill and long life. Among the people of the south eastern part of Nigeria, it is called 'orji' in native dialect. A kolanut ceremony is briefly described in Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart. It is also featured in Chris Abani's 2004 novel, Graceland. The Colour Purple. By Alice Walker. Although it is misspelled as 'cola' The kolanut is mentioned in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Half A Yellow Sun. Which also featured the phrase "He who brings kolanut brings life".

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Title of work – Olile anya (Hope) 2016. Size – 46 × 38 inches The message behind this artwork of mine is based on AGE GRADE. An Age-grade is a form of social organization based on age, within a series of such categories, through which individuals pass over the course of their lives.. In tribal societies, especially in Africa, entry into an age grade – generally gender separated – is often marked by an initiation rite, which may be the crowning of a long and complex preparation. After a period of some years, during which they perform certain common activities, alone or under the supervision of senior guidance, members may be initiated either collectively or individually into a more senior age grade. This progress is often accompanied by the revelation of secret knowledge. In most cultures, age grade system are the preserve of men, and it is the older men who control a society's secret knowledge, collectively or restricted to a council of elders or specific positions such as medicine men and diviners, entrusted with the preparation of initiates. References: Bernard, B (1985). Age Class System: Social Institution and Polities Based on Age. Cambridge University Press. Shepherd, J.R. (1995). Marriage and Mandatory Abortion among the 17th century Siriya. American Anthropological Association. The white pendant object that hung on the belly of the boy (my artwork), held in place with a black rope, is called a COWRY; plural, COWRIES. The cowry is a shell of sea snails, which overall are often shaped more or less like an egg, except that they are rather flat on the underside. Many people through out history, especially Africans, have found (and still find) the white, very rounded, shiny, porcelain like shells of cowries very pleasing to look at and to handle. The shells have historically been used as Currency as well as being used in past and present, very extensively in the making of jeweleries and other decorative and ceremonial purposes especially in ritual divinations, in several parts of the world especially among Africans.

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Art is my beginning, my life, my heritage, my journey, my happiness, my story and my end. Tell me, what is Art to you? Title of Artwork: "At Peace With Royalty" Year: 2016. Size: 44×48 inches. Medium: Graphite and Charcoal on Fabriano Academia paper. The hand-fan is the traditional hand-fan of the Igbo people made specially for the traditional royalty kings and rulers – the Igwes, the Obis and the Ezes – of the Igbo societies. In some Igbo communities too, the 'Nde Nze na Ozo' (That is, the Cheiftancy title holders who had attained a status of public importance in the Igbo society) which is the highest and most popular title in Igbo land, are also allowed in some occasions, to wield this traditional hand-fan. When this traditional hand-fan is thrust out to a Subject or a citizen, for a handshake, it signifies peace, acceptance and Goodwill. The subject or citizen is expected to gently slap thrice, using the back of his palm, on the traditional hand-fan, to reciprocate this Goodwill. #Art #ChiamonwuJoyArt #NigerianFemaleArtist #Ijaying

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This is a traditional scarf I drew sometime ago when I was trying out ideas, concepts and compositions. This particular scarf is worn mostly by the Igbo women of West Africa as a form of decoration and to add some significant beauty to their native attire as they step out for some important events like traditional wedding ceremonies, burial ceremonies, The New Yam Festivals, religious ceremonies, child naming and etcetera. Due to the stress and tedious art of tying this scarf, some of these women would need the help of professionals to assist them in tying this scarf into a beautiful style which will appeal to their sense of satisfaction. This scarf comes in different colours. The colour of scarf chosen by these women must be similar on in complete match with the colour of their chosen traditional attire. Graphite and Charcoal on Strathmore paper. Share #art #hyperrealism #contemporaryart #worldofpencils #pencilsacademy #sketch_dailydose #art_dailydose #love_arts_help #art_insanely #ijaying

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