Williams Chechet

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Busa (Kakkaki)

72.7 x 72.7 cm
Giclee print on archival paper
2016

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Williams Chechet

Al Gaita

72.7 x 72.7 cm
Giclee print on archival paper
2017

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Williams Chechet

Big Poppa

72.7 x 72.7 cm
Giclee print on archival paper
2017

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Williams Chechet

POP

72.7 x 72.7 cm
Giclee print on archival paper
2017

Smaller, limited edition prints available (46 x 46 cm)

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Williams Chechet

BiG

72.7 x 72.7 cm
Giclee print on archival paper
2016


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Run the Beat

72.7 x 72.7 cm
Giclee print on archival paper
2019

 

Smaller, limited edition prints available (46 x 46 cm)

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Flute Boy

72.7 x 72.7 cm
Giclee print on archival paper
2019


 

Smaller, limited edition prints available (46 x 46 cm)

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We

72.7 x 72.7 cm
Giclee print on archival paper
2019


 

Smaller, limited edition prints available (46 x 46 cm)

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Williams Chechet

Previous exhibitions and projects

Solo Exhibitions
 

  • We Are The North, Alliance Française, Lagos, Nigeria, 2017

Group Exhibitions  
 

  • Masters & Contemporaries, RetroAfrica, Abuja, Nigeria, 2019
     

  • Social Media Week Lagos 2019, ArtHere Community Art Project Collaboration, Lagos, Nigeria, 2019
     

  • Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019
     

  • Being Buhari - Contemporary Art Exhibition, Aso Villa, Abuja, Nigeria, 2019
     

  • Marrakech Off the Tracks - 1-54 African Contemporary Art Fair, Marrakech, Morocco, 2018
     

  • ArtHouse Contemporary auction, Lagos, Nigeria, 2018
     

  • Generation Y, RetroAfrica, Abuja, Nigeria, 2018
    Africa is/In the Future, PointCulture Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 2018

     

  • Afrofinns Bantu Pop-Up Festival, Tampere, Finland, 2018
     

  • Sao & The Muse 3, Sao Cafe, Lagos, Nigeria, 2018
     

  • Cu-ulture And Tradition: Same Experience Different Local, Koppel Project Hive, London, England, 2018
     

  • Artoja: Portfolio ll Exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria, 2018
    Visions of Hope - Kaduna Book And Arts Festival (Kabafest), Kaduna, Nigeria, 2017

     

  • TedX, Abuja, Nigeria, 2017
     

  • Artistry - Nigeria Historic Art Exhibition, Ozidu House, Abuja, Nigeria, 2017
     

  • Denim 2017, Abuja, Nigeria, 2017
     

  • 3rd MoCADA Masquerade Ball, Brooklyn, New York, 2017
     

  • Art X Live, ArtX, Lagos, Nigeria, 2017
     

  • Artyrama Pop-Up Exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria, 2017

About the artist

 

Williams Chechet is a Nigerian pop artist, graphic designer, illustrator and muralist who was born and raised in northern Nigeria and currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Chechet is interested in images that circulate in popular culture, focusing on symbols of Nigerian society through a pop art lens. In his recent projects, Chechet explores the faces and characters of northern Nigeria as well as the leaders, icons and images that have shaped Nigeria’s political history.



Sources of inspiration


Chechet’s work draws inspiration from some of the world’s most well-known artists. Paying homage to the pop art movement of the 1960s, Chechet’s work frequently references artists such as Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat. In his Royal Niger series, Chechet layers facial features of previous Nigerian presidents alongside cartoon text, in an ode to the legendary American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

 

Artistic intentions
 

Chechet’s work puts a spotlight on the faces and characters of Northern Nigeria as well as the leaders, politicians and other prominent figures who have shaped Nigeria’s socio-polotical history. Chechet intends to encourage people to think about these figures and the impact, both positive and negative, that they have had on the country. His style centres around the fusion of traditional African imagery with Western pop art, blending the past with the present and incorporating elements of history, tradition, Afro-futurism, Afrobeats and popular culture.

Influence of Sounds

‘As artists, we all have that one thing that makes us tick, lifts our spirit and ignites our creative side. For me, that one thing is music. The unity, rhythm, movement, harmony, beats and sound waves travelling into my ears usually elicit physical and emotional responses which in turn inspires every stroke, colour, shape and line within my artwork. I draw inspiration from a wide pool of musical genres, ranging from rap to opera, hip-hop, jazz, country music, and much more. The impact of sound on my art cannot be overstated - it plays a key role in my creative and design process.’



Going forward


“I believe that the role of an artist is to inspire and energise people - I want to encourage people to pursue their passions in whatever field through my art. I want my art to serve as visual stimuli, capable of creating an emotional reaction to its complexity.”