Portfolio Submission for Unit 2 Grad Dip FA

Artist Statement

 

I use my work as a means of expressing my thoughts and feelings through the use of a figurative and abstract style with a focus on colours as meaning-making.

My main medium is painting but expanded as a practice to include other mediums like  sculptures, installations and multimedia. My practice represents a critical view of social and cultural issues. I have deep interests in mental health, Black Lives Matter Movement and the Nigerian African culture.

My interest in having my work in a public space is to see how the audience responds to the work and how they engage with it.

My practice is to create thought-provoking dialogue and to invite the viewer to have their own interpretation and to raise questions around identity, social and cultural issues.

The inspiration for my work comes from my own life experience and through conversations with my community and my aim is to tell a story. Each project normally consists of multiple works and grouped around specific themes and meanings in order to create a series. A new body of work usually stems from personal research and key events in my life.

The New Normal

What is the new normal during lockdown?

What does our daily life look like?

2021

 

Holding In

104 x 100cm. Acrylic and Gold Leaf on MDF.

Part of a series called “Mandem don’t show feelings. The work explores mental health in men and how some men struggle to show their feelings so instead we use our passion and drive for other things as a cover up.

2020

 

In a Bubble

104 x 100cm. Acrylic and Gold Leaf on MDF.

2020

 

Protected from brokenness

Clay, foam and gold leaf.

2020

 

 

Hands of Hope

Caster, shellac, bronze powder and gold powder.

2021

Broski

122 x 92cm. Acrylic, gold leaf on hard board MDF.

A piece from the “men don’t show feelings” series.
Although it may appear that our friends and brothers are well, we don’t really know what’s going on behind the mask.

2021

Bad Boy

29.7 x 42cm. Acrylic and gold leaf on cotton paper.

2021

It is finished

59.4 x 84.1cm. Acrylic on canvas sheet.

2021

Disposition

Acrylic on bricks.

2021

Broski 

End of year graduate show 2021 Chelsea

2021

Hands of Hope

End of year graduate show 2021 Chelsea

2021

Game of Chess

I’m ready to dance again group exhibition, Safehouse,

2021

Osmosis 

Collaboration piece with Naïstini Valaydon

I’m ready to dance again group exhibition, Safehouse

2021