ON VIEW THRU NOVEMBER 25, 2023: Nigerian artist Odeyemi Oluwaseun shares new paintings that delve into the profound dualities that have defined his existence as a young adult.
Oluwaseun is a figurative painter who works with various mediums such as oils, pastels, conte, charcoal, acrylic and watercolors. His artistic language involves the use of non-continuous lines, that intersect in an anisotropic arrangement. He employs conte crayons to create depth, layers, light and texture on the skin of his subjects, in a manner that creates a tonality that is visually exclusive to Odeyemi’s work. The anisotropy in the arrangement of the colors on the skin of his subjects is always unique to the specific work and an ode to individuality.
The concept of duality — a central theme in Odeyemi’s work — serves as a guiding thread that unravels the intricate relationship between opposing forces and phenomena, a reflection of the very essence of human existence. It is through these contrasting experiences that we come to comprehend the depth and richness of life itself.
Odeyemi utilizes vibrant colors throughout this body of work that contrast with dark, warm backdrops. In a literal sense, the darkness of the paint in these underscores the importance of light. “The Duality of Existence” invites viewers to contemplate the delicate balance of life’s dualities and the profound wisdom that can be gleaned from embracing both sides of the proverbial coin.