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Unique Metal Art, African Art Masks and African Poetry

Updated on February 8, 2011
African Metal Art Painting: "My Fathers Mask," by Injete Chesoni
African Metal Art Painting: "My Fathers Mask," by Injete Chesoni | Source

African Art and Poetry

Growing up as a child in Africa I never paid much attention to African art since it was all around me. However, after spending many years abroad I began to appreciate the beauty of art from my home country and continent. African art is as diverse as the many peoples of the continent and while African masks are perhaps the most marketed and best known African art items there are so many other African art forms. As a contemporary African artist I create mostly modern abstract art pieces but I am influenced by ancient African art forms and the vibrant use of color and earth tones that are common in African art. I use a unique art style that I adapted from an ancient Asian art form of painting on embossed metal. I have re-created this Asian art form to reflect my African heritage. This hub features some of my unique African art mask pieces and an African poem that was inspired by one of them. You can view more of my African art work and poetry here. At the end of this hub you can find links to websites that sell authentic African art including African tribal masks.

African Mask Metal Paintings

Mother Africa: Unique African Metal Art by Injete Chesoni. Painting of an African Mask on Hand-Embossed Metal.
Mother Africa: Unique African Metal Art by Injete Chesoni. Painting of an African Mask on Hand-Embossed Metal.
Gourd Mask: Unique African Metal Art by Injete Chesoni. Painting of an African Mask on Hand-Embossed Metal.
Gourd Mask: Unique African Metal Art by Injete Chesoni. Painting of an African Mask on Hand-Embossed Metal.

African Poetry Inspired by Art

Mother Africa: The Weight of the World On Her Shoulders
An African Poem by Injete Chesoni

The world is on her shoulders,
The burden weighs her down,
She has borne many children,
Scattered around this world.
Her sweat has watered this earth,
Many times over,
And it continues to drip,
even as her children cry in hunger.
The fruits of her labor,
Seep through the ground,
Bleeding out from her,
To feed a hungry world.
She is a beast of burden,
Born to serve this earth,
Her life was written
for her,
before she was ever birthed.
Her teardrops
feed and nurture,
The parched earth beneath her feet,
She cannot stop crying,
for her tears ensure she lives.

Mother Africa: African Poems from the African Poetry Series by Injete Chesoni

The Influence of African Masks on Fine Art

African masks have commonly been depicted in fine art. The most famous art work depicting the influence of African masks on fine art is probably Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, by Pablo Picasso. This art piece is believed to have been influenced by Fang African Tribal Masks. You can read more about the influence of African art on Picasso and Picasso's African Period here.



African Mask Art T-shirts by Injete at Zazzle.com
African Mask Art T-shirts by Injete at Zazzle.com | Source
African Art Mask Postcards available at http://www.zazzle.com/injete*
African Art Mask Postcards available at http://www.zazzle.com/injete*

Copyright Notice

Copyright Notice - All works of art and writing within this web site are protected under U.S. copyright laws and international conventions. No portion of the artist’s works or statements may be used, downloaded, reproduced using any means, copied, linked to, or transferred electronically, without prior written permission from the artist. You can use this work for non-commercial purposes as long as you credit the artist Injete Chesoni and include a link to this website.

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    • Moyra profile imageAUTHOR

      Moyra 

      7 years ago

      Hi Shon love your blog nice to find a kindred soul.

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      ShonEjai 

      7 years ago from California

      lovely and poignant poem. thanks. www.picture-speak.com

    • Moyra profile imageAUTHOR

      Moyra 

      8 years ago

      Hi Audra thanks for the encouraging comment.

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      audra spirit 

      8 years ago

      Hi Moyra. Read most of your hubs which I found creative and useful!!! Thanks. Very interesting reading. Keep them coming please.

    • Moyra profile imageAUTHOR

      Moyra 

      8 years ago

      Hi roswebb, thanks for the encouraging comment and glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      roswebb 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Love this hub . thanks.

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