I have studied and analyzed the works of Nigerian thread artists like Bisi
Fabunmi and Oloruntoba. Producing abstract painting with thread as well as
inculcating African motifs, this have made me appreciated their string art(thread
painting). With this, I creates string art in my own style. My subject matters are often inspired by socio-cultural activities and events within
the community while my ideas are expressed using threads for figures, landscapes and portrait
paintings. I use my work to influence people, communities by changing opinions, instilling
values and translating experiences across space and time.
My formal language is the use of motifs (African and many more) with thread as a medium of
expression. My style gives attention to detail; giving a painterly effect, as well as, infusing motifs
into the background- these motifs are studied according to the different culture and environment
I find myself. In close to 10 years of discovering string art technique, I have found it to be a way
of mindful practice because it requires full concentration. This is why I prescribe it as a panacea
to societal issues.
The string art currently have a few artists practicing it as many view it as hard work due to its
painstaking and time- consuming process, but I derive joy from it because at the end of the day,
the impact my work makes in people’s lives is my satisfaction.
Emmanuel Eweje hails from Agbeye, Odo-Otin local government. He graduated
from Obafemi Awolowo University where he studied Fine and applied arts,
textile major. He trained under the management of Nike Okundaye before
proceeding to Ife art school. He is a member of the Araism movement as well
as craft potters association of Nigeria. He is a versatile artist but focus
mainly on string Art (threadpainting). He has participated in different
exhibition and competitions.
•National Visual Art Competition, 2014 (Zonal category winner).
•Demian Art Competition, 2013 (Still Life category winner).
•OAU Next Rated Star, Winner for Art Category.
•Finalist of Visual Art Competition by Spanish Embassy Abuja, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
•Winner for the Leap Africa Art Competition, 2017.
•Winner of Akili Dada Lead Contest, Kenya, 2017 (Art category).
•Art Ambassador for Leap Africa, Nigeria, 2017.
•2nd Runner up, Ramati Art Africa Competition 2018.
•Award for Outstanding Contribution at the International Exchange Mural project with Sara Hinds (Artist in Residency)
•Award of Excellence as an Outstanding Arts in Medicine Fellow, 2019 cohort.
•Certificate of participation in arts in Medicine Fellowship program 2019