AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOSHUA OLUWASEUN AMUSAN; A SUBLIMELY GIFTED ARTIST

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Truth be told; “In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own beautiful nature into his pictures

My Woven Words had the privilege of having an exclusive interview with a well talented artist; Joshua Oluwaseun Amusan. Just relax, you’ll definitely enjoy the interview.

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Please, can you introduce yourself, sir?

My name is Joshua Oluwaseun Amusan
(Josbuk)

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I’m a native of Ogbomoso, Oyo state Nigeria,
I was born on 15th August 1997.
I started art since my early childhood stage.

Are you also a student or full time artist?

I studied fine and applied art at Emmanuel alayande college of education Oyo town, from 2014-2017.

Why did you pick that course of study?

Asides the fact that any time I’m doing Art work it’s gives me more joy than anything else. I really love it; half of my living hood art has taken much of me.
I’m going so far in this world of ART, I’m just getting started and I know I’ll definitely reach the top.

While on campus, how were you able to balance studies with being an artist?

Art is creative, so I’ll say creativity.
And creativity takes courage

Did practicing as an artist affect your studies in any way?

No, not at all. Most of my art work been done at my leisure time and late in the midnight.
I do work for 4-5 hours per day.

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Do you have it in mind to further your studies?

Sure, very soon. I’m preparing for it this year, I pray God help me.

At what age did you start this work of art?

I started when I was 4yrs of age. I could draw well during my primary school days; my teachers used to call me then to help them out with drawing diagrams.
I finished my primary school in the year 2008, after which I gained admission into Gomal baptist college, Ogbomoso Oyo State. During my senior secondary school years, I was in Art class.

How did you discover yourself?

I discovered myself when I was in Junior Secondary School 2 in the year 2009.
After I discovered I have this talent and decided to delve into it, I had to get some sketch pad for myself and the journey started.
When my parents saw this talent in me, they were really of great help. They encouraged me and provided everything I needed for me so as to be able to follow my passion conveniently.

JOSBUK’S (JOSHUA OLUWASEUN AMUSAN) GALLERY OF ART WORKS

Nelson Mandela: One of Josbuk’s Recent work. He’s still working on this portrait

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What motivated you to delve into it totally?

Actually, People around me encouraged me to delve into it totally. Also, nature inspired me; all what God has created is so beautiful

If not being an artist, what profession would you have been doing?

It Doesn’t actually matter, because I don’t see myself doing anything else asides this.

Were you ever under the tutelage of another artist?

Yeah!
That was when I was trying to learn painting.

Have you been able to monetize your artistic talent very well?

Yes
Just recently I started making money on my little money, although the money still take a lot of my art medium, I usually spend the money on my tool.
It doesn’t really matter because I’m not really after the money.

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Do you plan to depend on your talent as your only source of money or you have other things that bring money?

No at all, no other thing except art and I want to grow old doing it.

What is your biggest achievement as an artist?

I haven’t really achieved much like I wish I could, But I’ll keep working harder and diligently for that precious day to come.

Do you have any regrets for delving into this profession?

No, not at all.

It’s give me joy more than anything, Does being an artist have any negative impact?

No.

As an Artist, any challenges so far?

Yes, my mates in this art profession.

What is your saddest moment as an artist?

Nil, Don’t have any.

What is your happiest moment as an artist?

Every time I think of a nature.

Have you won any award or medal before?

Not yet.

Do people approach you to train them?

Yes, in fact lots of people from different state and country.
People from Lagos, Ilorin and so on. But mostly people from Oyo state.
Also people contact me from countries like Zambia, Ghana, South Africa amongst others.

Have you worked with any organization or brand before?

No, not yet.

Do you have people working for you?

No, but I have some kids with me that I’m training.

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Do you have a mentor or role model?

None. Nobody for now.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

To become a renowned and world class art educator and also having my own art gallery

What advice do you have for artists and people looking up to you?

Keep your heads up, your day is coming. Rome wasn’t built in a day; daily practice today can made you a legend tomorrow.

Joshua Oluwaseun Amusan: My first portrait work in 2014.

Ever since I started, I kept working despite all odds. I never give up trying, so no matter what, do not give up.

Remember that with God, all things are possible.

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