Shanta Roy’s mosaic Art Work “Meeting India in Abuja”
By Collins Yakubu-Hammer
Shanta Roy, an Indian artist says Nigerian artists possess great talents and potentials to compete at the global stage.
Roy who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja said she was amazement at the level of inputs in her artwork by Nigerian artists.
The highly rated Indian artist with master degree in Fine Art said Nigerian artists were great in the art.
“I like art works by Nigerian artists; though some do more of observing people, things and draw; however, they have great talents and potentials.
“They can learn a little bit of artistry or study more online and work on monumental images and not pictures alone.
“This will make them improve and become better; however, I respect their talents and potentials,’’ she said.
She noted that history showed that Nigeria and India had similar artistic characteristics, stressing that the two are originally into more of sculpture unlike Europeans who are more into painting.
On her latest master piece at the Indian High Commission titled “Meeting India in Abuja’’, Roy said the mural mosaic work requested by the commission took her about two months to complete.
“Some of the Nigerian artists that assisted me on the work which has 120 square meter area were so helpful and nice; they are fast learners with great potentials.
“The work seeks to bring a piece of India to Nigeria when we celebrated India at 70. About 500,000 pieces of tiles were used to create the image.
“It depicts India’s unity in diversity and its unique combination of cultures, religions, languages and development, which is similar to that of Nigeria,’’ Roy said.
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