ADÉBAYO BOLAJI: THE POWER & THE PAUSE
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Knowledge, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Alagbara, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Wealth, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Higher, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, The Fruit, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Duro, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, They Speak, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, The Parting Of The Red Sea, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Rest, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Part Memory, Part Reality, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Signs, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Sensory, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, To See A Butterfly, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, Decisions, 2021
- ADÉBAYO BOLAJI, The Bird, 2021
A modern-day Renaissance Man, British-Nigerian artist Adébayo Bolaji has experience both on screen and stage, before and behind the curtain; he is a thinker and poet – frequently posting his musings online for his followers to consider; and an artist, effortlessly breaching the gap between painting and sculpture, and blurring the lines between his personal life and a shared, creative persona presented to us, the viewer. Since working with BEERS, he and the gallery have spread his work to a slew of collections worldwide, including South Africa, the US, and of course, throughout London.
For his first solo with the gallery, Bolaji presents ‘The Power And The Pause' (Or 'The Pause'), a series of brand-new works that unravel like individual characters or short stories within a greater context that operate to tell a greater narrative. The works consider the strength and complications that arise from periods of cessation. Certainly as a result of happenings in 2020, the world has experienced a global halt or interruption unprecedented in modern times; but on a microcosmic level, each of us – creators and otherwise – have also experienced the ramifications of this abscondment from daily life. But when viewed from an alternate angle, how can this period become fruitful? In spiritual teachings, the breathing pause is a space of clarity, oneness, revitalization. Across many religions and cultural traditions, the concept of ‘stepping out’ of the real world is seen as beneficial; a closeness to transcendence. How can an artist translate such a period, with its myriad emotions, complex political and social effects, and indiscriminate and severe consequences, into something powerful, productive? Bolaji does exactly that, and in the process, challenges notions of control and power, personal strength and weakness, and the illusory and very, very real occurrences resulting from a prolonged period of suspended animation – on intimate and global scales?
Adébayo Bolaji, is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in London, England. At the centre of his practice is the dialogue of change and the focus of the individual within a connecting society whether that be anthropological, religious, historical or popular culture. The use of the vibrant and metaphorical language, is a crucial element in his work, helping to narrate a different story within each painting allowing for the viewer to take an active role in the works. Bolaji has exhibited internationally in London and Zurich, with artist residencies in New York and Margate, including an Artist Residency with Yinka Shonibare MBE Guest Projects.
ADEBAYO BOLAJI (b. 1983, London) lives and works in London and graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Bolaji is a multidisciplinary artist who has also trained as a Lawyer, Actor and Writer who has had prominent speaking engagements with Penn State University as well as Mall Galleries. Additionally, Bolaji belongs to the prominent Soho House Collection as well as the Hogans & Lovells Collection.
Solo exhibitions include: To Speak Out Loud, Galerie Kremers, Berlin, Germany (2023); In Pursuit of Flow, UH Arts, Hertfordshire (2021); The Power & The Pause, BEERS London, London (2021); Between Two Worlds, Galerie Kremers, Berlin (2020); Topia: A Reinvention of the Self, Serena Morton Gallery, London (2019); Babel, Galerie Proarta, Zurich (2019) and Rituals of Colour, Public Gallery, London (2018).
Group Exhibitions include: Labryrinths, Galerie Kremers, Berlin, Germany (2023); Bitter Nostalgia (with BEERS artist Hyangmok Baik), Saatchi Gallery, London (2022); Hues, Hannah Traore Gallery, New York (2022); Optimistic: The Power of Now, Serena Morton Gallery, London (2018) and New Contemporary V Old, Galerie Proarta, Zurich (2017).
Fairs include: 1:54 New York (2023); Untitled Miami, BEERS London (2021); Future Fairs Online, BEERS London (2020) and; art KARLSRUHE, Galerie Proarta (2020).