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“I have used the word wonky to describe the world I paint ,I like to see objects not as one complete entity ,but rather as the sum on their parts ,almost as if many different shapes have been juxtaposed.This is how I approach my own artwork exaggerating certain features of buildings and giving them a twist here and there to accentuate the character that I see in it “ -Dylan Izaak
Acclaimed British artist Dylan Izaak,spent his early years travelling between England and Australia. His creative path reflected this unusual childhood,as he began his artistic career by seeking out interesting buildings around the world to draw in his highly personal style .Back in England he forged an enviable reputation and his high impact images are now collected all over the world ,Dylan was recently invited to join an elite group of Official BT Olympic Artists for 2012
Dylan’s unique approach to cityscape paintings has made a huge impact on art lovers across Britain .His idiosyncratic view of undulating skylines,famous buildings and busy metropolitan scenes encourages us to look at the world around us with new eyes,and offers a distinctive contemporary take on urban life.
I often yearn to see the places I never got to see as child,I love old buildings and I have been saying for years to go see the oldest building in Ghana..The oldest building reminds me of a cactus , I loved cactus growing up as child,I often wrote my name on a flatter type of a cactus (Nopal cactus, also known as prickly pear).
The first time I set my eyes on the picture of the oldest building in Ghana I instantly fell in love with the building ,I imagined all the old souls that have passed through ,all the wisdom it has and it reminded me of a cactus or type of cacti ..I proceeded to learn about this building ,the idea,the reason why and how it came to be ..I am yet to see it,but my soul tells me this building is like a mountain shaped cactus .
This building according to history was built in 1421 by Arabian settlers, it is the oldest mosque in Ghana. Even the present generation thinks it was built by God
I think this building had a spiritual meaning for those who created it
Armed with the Arabic settlers information it has become clear ,Wild Thorns in Arabic translates to Cactus