Abuja - An Artist, Solomon Eleazu on Thursday called for the production artistic materials to make artworks affordable for Nigerians.
Eleazu, who is the Manager, Cussons Arts and Design located at Sabon Lugbe in Abuja, made the appeal to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said that most artistic materials such as paints, batiks and other things used by artists could be produced in the country instead of depending on importation.
"Most of our artworks are costly because the materials we use to produce them are usually foreign.
"If our scientists and technologists put their acts together they can also produce good quality paints that can be enduring and still cost effective.
"If we can produce things some things in the country like we are doing now, producing paints and other artistic materials should not be too difficult for us,’’ Eleazu said.
According to him, since import duties and other costs will have to be removed from the cost of production, the works will become more desirable.
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"Government should fund research institutes and organisations to enable them go into this area of research because the market is already there.
"Our scientists should be more resourceful by helping us to produce quality materials that will help in promoting our works, the cheaper they are the more affordable it will be,’’ he said.
The artist also called on the government to make power supply more stable, saying that most artists depended on electricity.
"After all the deduction of expenses, we barely have enough to keep body and soul together and this should not be so.
"We have all it takes in this country to be great. We just need the right people with the mindset to get it right,’’ he said.