They Call Me The Seeker - Artist Karo Akpokiere

Bold and aggressive - strong, heavy line-work -  colors that explode off the page - it's such an indescribable, rush when an artist's work is so fantastic that it's difficult to select specific pieces to highlight in their feature on IP. Karo Akpokiere's art is a mixed style - with the line-work of German Expressionism, (printmakers Nolde and Schmidt-Rottluff come to mind), the energetic colors of a Fauvism and the straight up street style of graffiti art.

Influence, influence, influence - the more artists you study the more depth your artwork will have. Every great artist was influenced by another artist - this is the evolution of art.

Karo Akpokiere has an insatiable appetite for drawing, painting and art overall. He is deeply interested in how all forms of art influence his work. He challenges himself to create art in different media to bring awareness not only to his own work, but also to the various forms of art and artists that inspire him.

Karo's work is indicative of his desire to combine different "cultural" elements to create art that is not only universally appealing but also reflective of his interests in patterns, textile motifs, typography, the graffiti aesthetic, t-shirt graphics, sneakers, advertising, character design and geometry.

Karo's website is titled, The Seek Project, on it he explains, "The Seek Project is an avenue for me to make my art visible and to add more art to the world. It's a platform for self initiated and commisioned work, creative independence and growth. The Seek Project is also a path for me to collaborate with other artists and brands that have values and culture similar to mine."

Isn't that an admirable and intelligent reason to have a personal art website? As artists we should all be initiating our own projects, seeking creative independence and personal growth. And although Karo is a popular artist in his own right, you don't need to have a large audience or huge following to create art. The only reason you need to create art is because you have the desire to create it.

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze. - Thomas Carlyle


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