Artist's Statement


My art is an expression of figurative images using charcoal and colors to give it a contemporary look. It talks about situations in African society. The skin is an essential thing. I love to create it by focusing on such details as contrast. The dark hue of the skin is usually accompanied with vibrant colors for that complementary yinyang color contrast. I then sum up the work with bubbles – this captures the temporariness of the pressures we face.

Olamide Ogunade
Olamide Ogunade

My art tends to dialogue with its viewers, calling their attention to catharsis and makes them wonder how on earth it was made with hands. I make use of Acrylic, Graphite, charcoal carbon on either strathmore, alabaster paper or canvas.

Olamide Ogunade
Olamide Ogunade

I start by getting models, making them understand the intended concept. This way, they assume the character I want to paint. Their expression and posture are then captured.

My theme and messages focus on the situations in Africa – corruption, self-esteem, negligence, greed, e.t.c, also the inferiority complex suffered by Africans. My aim is to use my art to rid the society of these ills. I believe in the potentials of the African continent and I believe we can achieve greatness if we unite.

In conclusion, My art doesn’t just seek to correct the ills of society. It encourages and empowers the youths to work and be determined to achieve their dreams. Hence, they should never give up because persistence is the key to breakthroughs.