The artist who did a sculpture of dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has revealed the motivation behind his artwork.
Stephen Allotey’s work has been trending on social media after he released photos of a rare sculpture of the self-acclaimed dancehall king.
Although the sculptor himself thinks highly of his work, many Ghanaians have been divided on its appeal.
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For some, the artwork does not portray a good picture of Shatta Wale, while others believe the artist did a wonderful job.
Speaking to GHOne TV, Allotey said although he has received both good and bad reviews for his work, he deems it a good sculpture.
“Sure, I feel the work is a very good job although I’ve been receiving both positive and negative reviews. But the fact that the negative comments are coming doesn’t mean the work is a bad job,” he said.
One feature on the work that has generated controversy is the big lips of the said sculpture.
However, the artiste maintains that this is a caricature and it was best to depict Shatta Wale in his real looks.
“This type of artwork is caricature, and with caricature it’s like elongating the deficiency of the image or the work you are doing for it to look sort of cartoonic.
“So seeing some parts elongated r being bigger than the others doesn’t mean the artist intentionally did it, but that’s what the caricature should be.
“So the focal point that people use to recognise the person, that’s where you have to lay your emphasis on,” he added.
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Meanwhile, Allotey says he is yet to meet Shatta Wale, but admits he is a big fan of the “My Level” hit maker.
Asked whether he would like to meet his hero, he responded: “I’m looking up to that. It will be a very big motivation to meet him.”
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