Our artist of the month Solomon Omogboye was born in Lagos and moved to Johannesburg in 2014. He now lives in the inner city of Johannesburg and paints from a studio at August house – the preferred studio space for a select group of upcoming South African artists. He’s a prolific painter whose effortless mark-making gives his portraits of people living in the city and cityscapes, an unforgettable vibrancy and confidence.
Solomon Omogboye on his art:
“The beauty I see in every existence is my inspiration to paint. My paintings are a reflection of my thoughts, inspiration and ideas. I use mainly charcoal, pastel, acrylic and oil on canvas to show ideas in a visual form, to create beauty and make my own statement.
My painting style is like woven, long linear strokes of colour, or light. Often the airy veil of dramatic light moving in air or on ground, envelopes the strong composition of my forms. Lively paintings of figures are characterised by energetic, bold strokes layered in thick patches on canvas, to depict playful expressions of human anatomy.
Painting is really a practice of focusing intentions, moment-to-moment and that’s really what life is about. I share in my paintings, what I hope others get to feel in their lives: awe, wonder, excitement, gratitude, appreciation, joy, hope, freedom, acceptance and curiosity. The imaginative twist of reality in my work allows minds to wander, get curious and dream of possibilities. My paintings are a reflection of what I continue to learn in life…that the only perfection is imperfection and the appreciation of what is.
Sometimes we have certain intentions in life and the outcome of reality is different. Yet it takes having a vision to start a goal in the first place – and flexibility to adapt to new circumstances that arise. We get to create a vision of what we want to see and how we respond to the world. Painting helps me stay in the practice of having visions and adapting with life.”
Solomon Omogboye is a humble, contemporary impressionist painter born in 1982 in Lagos. He completed his early education there then attended Lagos State Polytechnic – studying HnD Art and Industrial Design (Painting) in 2007. He was awarded AADS Best Artist of the year (2007). He’s a prolific painter.
Encouraged by his mother – a teacher – Solomon was introduced to drawing as a child. He’s worked extensively as an art instructor in secondary schools in Lagos after his graduation and also practiced art from his home studio. His paintings are a reflection of his thoughts, inspiration and ideas. He relocated to south Africa in 2014 and worked as full time artist from his home studio and the Living Artists Emporium, Johannesburg. He presently practices at August House studios. Solomon works have attracted local and international attention over the years. He ranks amongst the leading young Nigerian artists.