Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ghanian Artist Spotlight: Tei Huagie and Circles Class

The artist, Tei Haugie, in one of his Clothoncloth pants
Tei Huagie is a man of many talents.   He is an environmentalist, clothing designer, artist, and sculptor. He also believes that he is ethically responsible for helping to clean up the environment.  Huagie puts this all in action through is many endeavors.  He is the co-founder of RECNOWA, Recycle Not A Waste, an organization dedicated to reusing waste materials into functional, artistic new items.  His Clothoncloth project reuses fabric print manufacturing and tailor extras to create new fabric.  He designs this new fabric to emphasize flow and movement for use in high fashion clothing. 
Huagie was trained at Ghanatta College of Arts and Design.  One can see the effects of his training through his inventive recycled sculpture and his dynamic composition in his highly textured canvases.  His artwork has been exhibited nationally as well as in Germany, the U.S. and Canada.
Recycled metal sculpture 'sewn' with copper wire & acrylic canvases
The intent for tonight's workshop with Huagie was to work with his concept of circles on canvas.  In his view, 'The circle symbol meaning is universal, sacred and divine. It represents the infinite nature of energy, and the inclusivity of the universe.' He went on to show us how he develops his canvases by first sketching a composition and then painting an base layer of color.  He then may further break up the original composition and reinterpret it with circles.
Huagie frequently uses circular shaped objects in his environment, such as bottle caps, lids or bubble wrap to apply the shapes to the painting.  He also makes heavy use of the palette knife to add dimension to the canvas. 
Tei Haugie's acrylic impasto canvas paintings
strove to use his framework within my canvas during the class but I just could not quite put on enough paint for that impasto look.  It was fun to play with another artist's framework.  Thanks to Eat and Paint for organizing the workshop.  Not only do I enjoy an occasional night off to paint but I also enjoy the gourmet dinner!

My sketch, underpainting & beginning to add the circles
Our class hard at work
my neighboring student with her painting inspired by Venetian masks
My finished canvas, 20 x 40 cm

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