The many faces of Tei Huagie
He says he cannot sleep over ideas so he keeps working all the time and that urge to constantly keep creating something is the reason why Tei Huagie is such a renaissance man. The young man who hails from La and Ada, both in the Greater Accra Region is a painter, sculptor, an environmentalist and designer of clothes, fashion accessories and furniture.
An exhibition of some of his works in different areas of art, titled Inside Out, opened last Saturday, October 12 at the Nubuke Foundation at East Legon in Accra.
Several lovers of art were on hand at the opening ceremony to appreciate the man who says that the more he works in one area of art, the more ideas he gets to tackle other areas.
Before the official opening by journalist, actor and member of the Board of Directors of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Nii Addokwei Moffat, Huagie had the opportunity to tell patrons at the exhibition about what inspires him, his attitude to colour and shapes and how he got seriously into art.
He did not feel that he was stretching himself too thin by indulging in different aspects of the arts. To him, it would rather have been selfish on his part to shelve all the variety of ideas that run through his head all the time.
‘ Painting is a bit of a passive activity so after engaging myself with that for a while, I like to move on to sculpture which is more vigorous. I also love the calculations and measurements in clothes making. They all come together to keep me busy and I love that,’ Huagie says.
The surge of creativity in him would not have materialised if he had persisted with studying electrical engineering at the Royal Technical College (Roteco) in Accra.
A teacher who noticed that Huagie enjoyed drawing his colleagues instead of participating in the projects himself, advised him to rather go to the art school.
Huagie saw the wisdom in that advice and quit Roteco for the Ghanatta College of Art and Design. He later studied under the late Amon Kotei, designer of the national coat of arms.
Several people have compared Huagie’s versatility to that of the late dramatist, musician and visual artist, Saka Acquaye.
‘I feel humbled by the comparison but I’m Huagie and I follow my own dreams. I don’t try to be like somebody else,’ he says.
Opening of the Inside Out exhibition, which ends on November 30, coincided with the launch of Nubuke Foundation’s new multi-purpose gallery which also houses its new gift shop.
By Nii Laryea Korley/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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