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Olayikanmi Olawale


Olayikanmi Olawale is a Nigerian contemporary urban expressionist. He studied painting at Yaba College of Technology Yaba, Lagos.

His process can be classified as instinctive and organic, with energetic and vibrant abstract paintings that emerge from his uncritical subconscious, brought together by feelings that try to find harmony in spontaneity.

Olawale is a mixed-media artist who typically employs acrylic, charcoal, bar oil, felt-tip markers and pastels. His expressive style is characterized by dynamic lines, saturated colors, quick and expressive brushstrokes, heavily influenced by neo-expressionist artists such as Jean Michael Basquiat, George Baselitz and Richard Prince.

As Olawale used to say" I am happiest when I can immerse myself in the creative world. A meditative space where time stands still. A place where I find comfort, reflect, explore and connect with my deepest self. My art is always an intuitive process that follows an impulse, embraces the accidental and often full of surprises. It is my way of exploring the unspoken complexities of human beings, of life and of the relationship with ourselves, with others and with the world that surrounds us".

Olayikanmi Olawale

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