PERMUTATIONS is an exciting exhibition showcasing 38 impressive mixed media artworks. It has been years in the making, as Tayo Olayode, an award winning artist who has taken part in group exhibitions in Ghana, Kenya, USA, Britain, Dubai, and Canada finally presents his first solo-exhibition in Nigeria.
Olayode presents diverse works using a range of complex techniques and styles, setting him apart as an artist who spans the worlds of abstract, realist and surrealist expression.
His latest experimental works with stirring portraits of global influencers like Mahatma Gandhi, Bob Marley, Che Guevara and even recently retired Barack Obama in his new Leadership Series. He created these works using an ancient Tibetan technique of burning and perforating rice paper with incense sticks, which he learned from a Buddhist monk while attending an international artist residency in 2014.
Olayode has combined this Far Eastern art form with the African tradition of using glass beads to create highlights, presenting an intriguing body of textured works on paper and canvas. His Flow Series using asphalt and acrylic drippings to create colorful abstract works is a perfect counterpoint to his intricate perforated art.