Bayo Iribhogbe has been invited to speak as well as to exhibit his oil paintings at the University of Toledo, Ohio, on Friday 11, 2005. An exhibition will take place in the Student Union Auditorium. Many of his works will be on display at the auditorium during this event, and all works will be for sale. Bayo’s works will also be on displayed at the Student Center Gallery for the month of February. From the artists statement "painting to me became a conduit for my survival. I started playing my native records to enhance my ability to link my soul back to my root."
Bayo Iribhogbe was born and educated in the Federal Republic of Nigeria where he developed a style for painting people en masse with the palette knife and oil.
After earning his first degree in Fine Art, Bayo Iribhogbe moved to USA for more of life's adventures. Day by day, the artist was growing but not being exposed. Due to many difficulties with multiple jobs and family pressures, the artist felt that he could not concentrate on painting.
"After 1991, painting to me became a conduit for my survival. I started playing my native records to enhance my ability to link my soul back to my root. And voila! It worked, and it's still working.My academic experience came into play in a more sujective and personal way.
"I started painting about 'us' from our weaknesses to our fortitudes and vice versa. Every piece I produce has that human touch that keeps the viewer engaged. Today, I do not have to draw or sketch the traditional way to form an idea; but I can literally see images dangling before my eyes. When my emotions are expressed that way, I feel a fresh shower of relief"
Bayo Iribhogbe a color-centric painter. He responds to moods naturally. While complimenting the process with some background music, Bayo Iribhogbe can start with any color hue and work from there.
"The palette knife has become an indispensable tool in my repertoire. I could mash, press, trace, pin, cut, wedge, slice and embelish with it to satisfy my inner drive. To a large extent, the palette knife enhances my ability to apply colors with much spontaneity and honestyle," states the artist.
He continues, "By the way I juxtapose colors and subconsciously create angles for various interpretations, the viewer is drawn into my work. That is made possible because what I am expressing is humanistic, personal and spontaneous."
Bayo Iribhogbe has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absoltuearts.com since 2003. View more of his work at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/b/bayoiribhogbe/. Also work can be seen at: www.bayostudio.com
32 x 60 inches