Gabriel O. Bello, also known as Geebelz, is a visual artist, specialising in painting.
He started art when he was a little boy, however, it was just talent and nothing he thought about making a career from. “Although, I enjoyed drawing cartoon and caricatures and received accolades from my colleagues at school but I still thought art was just something I was good at. Also, I was in the commercial class in secondary school, with the hope of studying Banking and Finance or Business Administration. After all my efforts to get admission to study the mentioned courses proved abortive, I decided to give art a chance. I sat for G.C.E based on Art subjects and cleared all my papers, so I gained admission into Yabatech and it was then I also commercialised by craft.”
When he was asked about his art, he says, “I paint to captivate, engage and draw the attention of viewers to my paintings through my realistic rendition. My paintings are not basically on realism alone, I paint expressionism as well but due to the fact that some viewers love to see themselves replicated on the canvass – as regards portraits – so I render what they opt for.
When asked about how he gets inspiration, he had a lot to say, “My inspiration comes from God first, then my parent and girl friend (Shodiya Grace) also inspire me a lot through their encouragement and love for art. I also draw inspiration from one of my big boss, Prince Saheed Adelakun; a painter, entrepreneur and also a graduate from Yabatech. He inspires me a lot through his massive works of art, his shades of colours, thread mixed media artworks and all of that.
“Again, I am inspired by Edosa Ogiugo’s works; he’s an expressionist and a realistic painter; a mentor when it comes to stokes and other forms of art. Lastly, my inspiration also comes from things around me. Sometimes, I am drawn to particular sights, I put into reality and it becomes a piece of artwork.
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Facebook: Joe Gabriel Ezzy
Phone Number: 07086465743