In Studio with Olumide Onadipe

May 12, 2018

In preparation for Olumide Onadipe's solo Connecting the Dots, he speaks with SMO about his life, art practice, and influences. It gives an in-depth behind the scenes look in the daily life of the artist.

Connecting the Dots exposes the different layers of Olumide’s artistic personality, in which he grapples with identity and migration vis-à-vis a universal yearning for global citizenship and communication across a world of bold color. Onadipe’s interpretation of these universal themes are presented through the tying, knotting, folding and melting of vibrant re-purposed materials, used to create striking sculptures with life size legs and geometric shaped torsos and heads. They are a powerful counterpoint to the delicate brushstrokes of his paintings depicting human forms, yearning towards emotional harmony and environmental balance.