I painted this Contemporary Primitive image in 2000 on paper, manipulated the image in a computer graphics program, and turned the background black for a stark contrast. I love this piece so much!
The Contemporary Primitive Art Movement was started by Cleaster Cotton in the United States of America in the 1980�s. The range of art, by African Artists - from across the diaspora - makes Contemporary Primitive Art highly collectible. Artists use common, contemporary, resourced, and recycled materials in a basic, primitive manner and create soulful, cross-cultural art which evokes a sense of timelessness. Artists command sophisticated, expert use of materials offered them by any environment. The use of shape, line, color, texture, and tone is brilliant and, the demonstration of simplicity is genius!
Ogun (or Oggun, Ogoun, Ogun, Ogou) Effort and hard work are strongly represented by Oggun. He is attributed to the characteristics of violence, force and energy. He is an older spirit and is a sibling to Eleggua, Chango and Ochosi (Saint Peter and Saint George) He is the god of metals. He is a smith, and with his powerful weapons will protect and defend you to the death! A very strong-willed Orisha, he is also much loved (as are all of them) His colors are green and black.
As in many families he has many disagreements with his brothers. He is an ironworker for the Orishas and he works around the clock without any rest.
It has been said that he is a black handsome and strong man. He wears a green camisole and a palm frond skirt. He has also been known to carry a machete. He has a black dog by his side every second of time. He is known for his strong temper and is also said that he can be dangerous. There are several tools that are attributed and represented by this Orisha: the knife, the anvil, the pick, the chisel, the hammer, the rake and the spade and. These tools are kept in a black pot or cauldron. This black pot also holds 3 horseshoes. He is strongly associated with IRON but is also associated with work, minerals and metals.
His servants or followers provide offerings for Oggun on June 29th, his numbers are three and seven and his servants or followers will normally offer cigars, rum, toy cars, weapons, and toy airplanes.
May 1st, 2011
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