The art of drawing is often the first thing that comes to mind when people think of art, and with that comes the idea that we are all just a bunch of random animals.
But in reality, drawing is a highly evolved form of human creativity.
And with that evolution comes a lot of fascinating, and often contradictory, insights.
We want to know the answers to these questions, and so, in this week’s series, we’re going to take a look at some of the most fascinating artworks from all over the world, and explore what makes them so special.
First up is a fascinating piece from the Congo, titled ‘Art of the Red River’, which has become one of the country’s most well-known and popular murals.
The mural, which was painted on the side of a bridge in 1964, depicts the scene of a village ravaged by war, with the river below being filled with human blood and blood-stained blankets.
The water is covered in the human corpses, and then a small bird is seen pecking at the blood, looking for a food source.
‘Art is the act of making something beautiful, that is a form of self-expression and expression,’ said the artist, Mgarebo Ojaga, who is believed to be the world’s oldest living artist.
‘What is beautiful is the process of creating something, and it’s a beautiful act of the mind.
It’s the most beautiful thing in the world.’
The mural was originally painted in 1961, but has only recently been exhibited in museums around the world.
The Congo’s National Gallery of Art (NGO) has described it as one of its ‘great works of art’, and its recent exhibition in Paris also featured another famous work, the ‘Hercules’ mural, a painting by Belgian artist Vincent van Gogh.
However, while many other artworks are covered in blood and other bloody scenes, the Red, which is currently the largest river in the entire Congo Basin, is considered by some to be a more innocent and ‘soul-free’ work.’
It is a kind of beautiful, poetic art that expresses the soul of the people and of the land,’ said Nairobi-based artist Lola Wanda-Ameri, who has painted murals on the river since 2007.
‘It’s a kind, humanistic expression, it’s really poetic and a very beautiful painting.’
Wanda-Ameri believes that her work is not meant to be controversial, and that her art reflects a sense of freedom and belonging that people in the Congo have been fighting for over the years.’
The people have been living under the domination of the government for generations, and they were oppressed.
They’re tired of that, and the government is trying to get rid of them,’ she said.’
I feel that the people who live here and the people living in the villages in the middle of the river have a sense that the government doesn’t really represent them, they’re not really a part of the society and they don’t have a role to play.’
While many of the other murals painted on Red River are believed to have been created by the same people, the painting by Mgara Ojigbo, which has also become a controversial work, has inspired a debate on its own.’
That was the first time I started to paint on Red, and I remember when I first started, the whole time, I was scared,’ said Ojiga.
‘I was very scared and very sad, because I had never painted on a river before.
I had no experience of painting on a riverside.
I couldn’t understand what I was doing.
I thought, ‘I’m going to die now.
I have to paint, I have no time left’.
The painting is still considered controversial in the country, with some arguing that it is an example of ‘colonial art’, while others see it as a work of pure artistic expression, and therefore, a legitimate artistic expression.
In an interview with CNN in December 2016, Mlama Ojagi, one of Ojegba’s daughters, said that the painting was intended to be ‘an expression of my love for my father’.’
My father’s death was one of my main motivations for painting the mural,’ she explained.
‘He died after the war and I wanted to express his love for me and for my mother.’
But while she believes that the work is an expression of love and her father’s love for her, she also believes that there is something more to the painting than that.’
There is something very beautiful and soulful about the river and its people,’ she added.
‘The whole river is a beautiful river, and we want to be happy here on the Red.”
A river is not an island, it is a living creature.
And the life on the land is not dead, it will continue to live on.
And we have to continue to work, we have the people here,