Nigerian art student, Chancellor Ahaghotu, has broken a decade-old Guinness World Record for the longest painting marathon after painting for 100 consecutive hours.
Ahaghotu, a sophomore at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, far surpassed the previous record of 60 hours, set by Roland Palmaerts (Belgium/Canada) in 2013.
Before embarking on his record attempt, the Nigerian stated that he came to the United States to pursue his dreams and build up his career as a recognized artist.
“Breaking the record will boost my recognition as an artist both in my school and the world at large,” the Nigerian art student told the GWR.
According to the GWR, for this record, the challenger can either work on one large painting or create multiple ones, but the painting(s) must be of a recognizable image; abstract painting is not permissible.
Over a four-day duration, Ahaghotu worked tirelessly to produce 106 pieces depicting all manner of subjects, including celebrities, food items, plants, animals, and much more.At the 60th hour, when he surpassed the previous record, he painted a broken record player.
“One thing I love about the paintings I created is that they were representing my different moods and how I was feeling when I created them,” Ahaghotu explained.
“As with all ‘longest marathon’ records, the challenger is permitted a five-minute rest break for every continuous hour of activity – these rest breaks can be accumulated if not taken. They were the only times Chancellor could use the bathroom, eat, or sleep.
“Chancellor says he battled fatigue around the 88-hour mark, but he was committed to reaching his target of 100 hours, so he didn’t think about calling an end to the record attempt,” the GWR said in its statement.
It further noted that the Nigerian art student had initially planned to do one painting per hour, so before beginning the record attempt he prepared 100 canvases with sketches, ready for him to paint.
However, during his paint-athon, he completed them all with a few hours to spare, so he then produced a series of impromptu still lifes, before finishing with a painting of an exhausted person.
An elated Ahaghotu said, “There was joy and celebration when I completed the 100 hours. It was a new experience for me and I’m so glad I completed the 100 hours.
“This (record) helps me feel a very high level of personal achievement, build up my career as a reputable artist, and pay a service to my school and country.”