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African Art Exhibition - Visual Dialogue Show |Bolaji & Oyelami
Fri 28 April 2017, 11:00 – 18:00 BST
TAFETA, Fitzrovia is hosting a not to be missed Visual Dialogue Show featuring the amazing work of Muraina Oyelami (1940) and emerging, self-taught, multidisciplinary artist, Adébayo Bolaji (1983) who since Mid 2016 has sold over 40 works which have been exhibited alongside masters such as Bacon, Rauschenberg, Jenkins and Le Corbusier.
British Born Bolaji, based in South East London, who trained as an actor, writer and director at the renowned Central School of Speech and Drama is a self-taught contemporary artist. His works are intuitively led and often deal with social-political, spiritual and psychological themes. Deceptively simple, Bolaji’s paintings are visually transfixing and his unapologetic use of layering, expressive colours and bold lines seductively capture the attention of his surveyor thus enticing the beholder to look deeper and unravel the complexity and diversity behind each of his pieces.
Oyelami's works, presented in the exhibition make rich reference to folklore and the people and/or places in his surroundings. Fusing traditional Yoruba motifs with what has been interpreted as German Expressionist painting, his work exemplifies the bold lines and colours that frequent the visual art associated with early work from the Osogbo School.
Bolaji & Oyelami is a visual conversation into the strong and vibrant influences behind West African Art. Presented as a dialogue show, Bolaji & Oyelami is a study in influence and similitude in modern and contemporary artistic production. Presented side-by-side, early works on paper by the older Oyelami read as a perfect precursor to large canvas paintings by the younger Bolaji. Without ever directly referencing the older artist, Bolaji seems to be channelling their shared Yoruba heritage In his new body of work... How does this happen?
Watch the promo for the Bolaji & Oyelami | Dialogue Show here.
Private View | April 19th 2017, 6:30PM
Public View| April 20th - May 11th 2017, 11- 6PM ( Excluding Weekends)
Booking is not essential.