Williams Chechet Transforms Northern Nigerian Icons Into Beautiful Pop Art
Nigeria-born Williams Chechet is an astonishing graphics designer, illustrator and muralist who is responsible for the gorgeous graffiti at the Hard Rock Cafe in Lagos and most of M.I Abaga's vibrant album covers.
His latest art project, We are the North, is a series of beautiful Northern Nigerian illustrations influenced by pop art – an art movement which involves imagery from popular culture being visually removed from its known context, isolated, and/or combined with unrelated material.
We are the North featurers Northern Nigerian icons – from the first president of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe, to the only prime minister of an Independent Nigeria, Tafawa Balewa.
While speaking with Konbini about what inspired his project, Chechet said:
"The imagery I used in my series are images I consistently saw while growing up in the Northern part of Nigeria. So I thought, why not fuse that with pop culture?"
You can see more of his work of Williams Chechet's vibrant work on his Instagram.
By Daniel Orubo, published on 21/10/2016