OLATUNJI BENJAMIN DAMILAREwww.ArtPal.com/benolatunji4
OLATUNJI BENJAMIN DAMILARE is a Nigerian contemporary painter and a mixed media Artist. He was born in Lagos march 26th where he grew up and followed his passion for Art. He was trained as a painter in the school of art Yaba college of technology in Lagos before he started his explorative research. He did General Art in national diploma and later painting as a specialisation which earned him a Higher National Diploma. While in school, he had the opportunity to meet great artists engaging in collaborative projects. His work experience with other artist gained him more exposure.
Olatunji is one of the artist that is of the innate transcendentalism of this contemporary world. Although, before olatunji discovered himself as an artist, he was an apprentice under different masters most who where not experimentalists and expressionists but realists in the year 2010. he started out as an impressionist, realist and now an abstract expressionist.
He explores pictorial potential of pure abstraction. He uses a visual language of shape, form, color, and line to create a composition which exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. He arranges various elements in a decorative manner for the expression of his feelings with the usage of condensed superficial color sensations constituting an image with the clarity of form and purity of sensation that fits him. Among his contemporaries Olatunji Benjamin stands out with his unique style of approach in bringing an unbeatable imagination to reality.
He defines art as a means of conceiving the world visually making statements with experiments and transforming visual perception into a material form through perception and expression. His arts has an originative function in this process, giving plastic precision to inhibitions and aspirations that remains unrepressed and voiced. He is driven by his restless energy to depict a spectrally heightened and distorted actuality with a tendency to individualization and fragmentation and his style taking a full expressionistic vigour. Olatunji paints with emotions and randomness and capture his emotions and subconscious thoughts on the canvas.
His paintings fluxes between figurative abstract and non figurative abstract. He explores the juxtaposition of shapes, forms, colors and collage. His fusion of image in his constructive design forms the narratives of his work. He starts from basically visible objects where he contstructs them in the simplest forms and shapes before the fusion of image to bring an unknown phenomenon to reality. The rectangular and cubic shapes are arranged in a solid architectonic composition.
He works from construction to deconstruction and the known to the unknown which turns out to be an abstraction. Olatunji works addresses social, political and psychological or cultural issues. He has some of his works in public and private collections he has. He has also exhibited within and outside the states.. In His statements he said "my creatures are powerful enough to inform the human soul". He is his own king, priest and god. He believes that art is the exposition of an unknown reality also is the lens we need to see through to save the world. Olatunji Benjamin Damilare is a thinker whose thoughts he brings to reality through his expressions.
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