Imagine a society where the president is an artist by profession. His ideals would strongly be in line with creativity, freedom, expression and beauty. These are some of the thoughts of the Nigeria born artist- Ola Afolayan Ezekiel. As an artist, it is easy to draw freely upon imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge because, knowledge is limited. Unlike any style of painting, either with brushes, pallet knives and sponge, as a reader, you will agree that painting with oil, using pointillism as a medium is unique. This particular young individual in Lagos, Nigeria uses this medium on canvas, to tell his story.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, the 24 year old artist, born on December 3rd, hails from Kwara State, South West Nigeria. Having an artist as a father and a step-mom, who is a textile artist and lecturer in South Africa and Nigeria. He had his Junior High in Lagos and Senior High in Benue State then, proceeding to the University to study Fine and Applied Art.
Ola-Afolayan, having an artist as a father, he engaged in helping his father often which then, impacted his own zeal and love for art. According to him, “art is a part of my life. It is what I know how to do best. Art chose me.” the desire to be unique has been a drive in Ola’s work.
“I had a white man as my teacher in High School and he once told me: line is a moving dot. A compilation of several dots, create several meaning.” he said. He got inspired with the works of late Georges Seurat who paints with points and does not use brush. Creating his images with points. Ola is currently working on a dripping piece of art with the use of injection also, a piece that glows at night. Truly, a son of an artist exhibits intelligence in creativity. Just like any artist, he strives to distinguish himself on a daily.
Being an emotional person, according to him. He enjoys to travel, learning through people he meets and interpret them through his form of expression- pointillism. “if you do more than you are paid for, very soon, you will be paid more for the little you do.” he said.
Ola, had no one to put him through, developing his own unique style. Although, he often got financial support from Timi Oke, an art collector, who pushes him to do more.
The texture of his art attracts him alot he said, ” it’s funny how one dot could be effective stranded but adding more than one dot with colours then, you get a multitude of message.”
His challenge has been promoting and marketing his art work. “I just don’t want to sell. I want people to get value not from the money they pay, but the art piece itself” he said. As an artist who specialises in pointillism, the challenge of filling a whole canvas with dots comes as a discouragement but knowing what he has chosen, and working towards it, gives him inspiration.
Smiling, when asked if he would leave his art for anything, he said “whao! If I’m offered the position of the President of Nigeria, I would. It’s an avenue to beautify the country with art. “although, he still would chose to be a lecturer because, to him, it is the fastest way to impact people. He said “I want pointillism to reign in an era just like impressionism has reigned in an era.”
His mentors include, Oladapo Afolayan- a renowned stone sculptor in Nigeria and also his father. Timi Oke- an art collector.
EXHIBITIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
So- Far Exhibition, Ile-ife, Osun State, Nigeria. 2016.
Signature name: Afolayan .E
Office address: Lekki Lagos, Nigeria.
Mobile number: +2349056809396