#NIGERIAN URBAN STREET ARTIST SERIES: I AM HIGHLY INFLUENCED BY POP ART

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William Chechet is an Illustrator, Muralist and GFX behind the series, “we are the North”.

Hello, please introduce yourself?

My name is Williams Chechet. I’m a Graphic Designer, illustrator and a Muralist.

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Can you recall when you first realized your interest in art?

Well, I was as young as four when I started. I started from drawing cartoons and comics. My dad had a lot of record vinyl of old school musicians like James Brown, Fela etc. I would always pick them up and draw them. He always bought me comics and art materials when he noticed I had interest in art.

Were you born a creative or you nurtured it?

My creativity is inborn and nurtured. I always sketched as a kid and never stopped creating which has helped me. I always drew in the back of my note book in school even during classes back in primary school.

How would you describe your style of creativity?

I would like to describe my style as Post-pop Art. I am highly influenced by pop-art, from artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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What inspires your creativity?

A lot of things inspire my creativity, I get source of inspiration from Music, conversations with other creative people, Location – it helps a lot, etc.

When you create, do you always have a specific message to communicate for each creation?

Most times my art sends a specific message especially in graphic design, but sometimes when I illustrate I go a bit abstract which seems interesting but doesn’t send a specific message.

What are the challenges you have faced/still face as an Artist in Nigeria?

First of all getting the proper Art materials is a very big issue to deal with as an artist in Nigeria, the appreciation of art in the country is another challenge.

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What do you find fascinating about being an artist?

The freedom to express myself visually, creating amazing things that has enabled me meet and work with some people I never imagined i would meet, also getting to travel to different places.

What other creative medium would you Love to try?

I would love to explore the area of industrial design which I studied back in school. Making functional 3 dimension tools, and also Sculpture with has always been fascinating to me, creating toys and large sculptural objects that serve as public art.

Advice for upcoming Creatives?

To them, i would say believe in yourself, work hard even as you grow. And always stay curious and keep Learning more related skills.

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What’s the most exciting piece of art you’ve seen, and what were your thoughts on it?

The Kaws companion sculptures are the most exciting piece of art I have seen. They are so huge and it’s an interesting character to look at.

What song title best represents you as an artist?

Kahli Abdu – Runaway Slave

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What would you consider your ‘Muse’?

It depends on what excites me at that very moment I’m creating.

If you had to pick one artist to collaborate with, who would it be?

I will like to collaborate with KAWS.

 

Follow William on IG @Williamschechet

 

 

 

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