I earned my tertiary degrees in the Nigeria and the United States. (Painting at University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and Industrial Design at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri. The pursuit of careers as artist and designer has been necessitated, punctuated and even interrupted by movement and relocation. (Ile-Ife to Lagos, Lagos to Kansas City, Kansas City to Detroit)
The beginning of this decade allowed an unbroken span of time for exclusive devotion to art creation. I moved to Detroit to pursue a career in the automotive industry and eventually ended up moving to the City of Hamtramck.
Not only am I a creator of art, I’m also an audience, consumer and supporter of the arts, as those who seem to see me at “every” opening can attest.
About this show:
It is quite possible that I spend an inordinate amount of time, drawing, and thinking about drawing, designing and thinking about designing new paintings and works of art.
I am very fearful of boredom and being stuck in a rut in my creative activities, therefore I attempt to approach each session or day at the studio as freshly as possible.
Most days are spent making, creating, cutting objects that may end up as components or ideas in my work. My studio is therefore littered with these objects, (ephemera).
The piece titled Abstract Ephemera 1A09 particularly, is about making the lives of some of these objects permanent by infusing them into a new body of work.
West African cultural icons and motifs save as a stepping off point for many of the forms found in my creations. I rarely use them without some editing, so that they sometimes evoke the original and at other times are clearly in iteration of the mother symbol.
Beyond that there is rarely any religious significance or intent being communicated to the viewer.