Bio

Growing up in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria fed my creative impetus and really fired up my desire to paint.
It was as if everything had a stories to tell, the whole city was alive with energy and natural colours.
I also draw a lot of inspiration from my own stories and also the works of artists like Twins Seven Seven of Nigeria among others . My paintings are inspired by a compelling urgency to tell a story about the contradictions and absurdities of everyday negotiations, with a tinge of humour and without any undue regards for details and fine lines. I presently feel very drawn to 3d installations and additive sculpture as I enjoy the poetics of congregating dissimilar textures.

Statement

My practice is located in the area of reclaimed objects.
My curiosity in this site is fuelled by a fascination with the state of disused and displaced objects. I have
always considered thrown-away objects as being in a state of 'death' having come to the terminal end of
one use. It is in this state that my curiosity is piqued, as to the possibilities they could still portend. The focus
is not on restoring the object to its previous utilitarian state but rather on translating it into a higher state of meaning and symbolic essence .

Education

B.A Fine Arts Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Nigeria 1993
M.A Contemporary Fine Art Practice. Leeds Beckett University, Leeds ,UK. 2007

Exhibitions

October -2017 'Africa my Africa-Connecting boundaries' exhibition at Gafra London
May 2015-June7 GZ-Basel Switzerland, group exhibition.
May 2014 'Arrested Developments' Kassel Galerifest Kassel, Germany
July 2012- ' To sit no more' Exhibition Bradford UK
Sept 2008 Leeds Metropolitan University, M.A Show, Leeds.
June 2007 Leeds Metropolitan University, M.A Interim show, Leeds
November 2005 Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London.
April 2002 Brixton Art Gallery. London.
June 1995 Solo Exhibition: Institute of International Tropical Agriculture. Ibadan, Nigeria
Aug 1997 Roots Festival Art exhibition Banjul, The Gambia