Adébayo Bolaji (*1983) is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in London, England. His background of film and theater, both in acting and screenplay-writing, compliments Bolaji’s exploration of newer media in the visual arts. Bolaji believes that ideas choose the medium of execution. His painting method follows a marinating process for the pieces to be completed, which is why Bolaji often steps away from the canvas while simultaneously working on multiple projects.
The use of the same vibrant language is a constant element narrating a different story within each painting. Visually, the works have layers of bold colours and as the textures thickens the velocity builds up. Bolaji’s use of colour has an unapologetic force upon the viewer. Colours are placed on top of each other, without being blended, as they come straight from the tube. The conscious choice of acrylic paint, which dries fast, preserves the energy and tempo of the piece.
Bolaji’s paintings have a strong compositional presence. In his new series of works Bolaji introduces the use of collage to invite the viewer to look at the work from a closer point. The viewer has to keep in mind that the bigger picture is being created by smaller parts, which entail the artist’s recycled notes and poetry. Bolaji attacks the canvas in a similar way to his directing background, as the strong intuitive elements of improvisation complements both his practices.
Exhibition: Adébayo Bolaji and Muraina Oyelami
19th April – 10th May, 2017
Art Cafe Brooklyn, New York
17th May – 1st June