Solomon talks about his latest exhibition titled, “ile – how to say home in Yoruba”
“To me, home is a safe space. The place where one’s free from attack; experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s where people share with and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it don’t need to be perfect – instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive and recognise a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.
I’m now living in Jozi, South Africa. I refer to it as my second home. I can’t imagine anywhere in the world where I could find as many people with such diverse and complex identities, cultures and beliefs. Yet, we all live together. Little wonder they called it a rainbow nation. Also, many come here in search of gold, and – once they find comfort and happiness – claim it as home, maybe never to return to their original home.
I believe in the quest for happiness. We need to accept ourselves as who we are. Happiness lies in the person sitting beside you – and your ability to relate with and to, them. Happiness is clear-headed human interaction and empathy. Happiness is home. In my work, I depict this thinking, through vibrant portraits of the people I meet, in the places I meet them.
And home isn’t a house-home. It’s a mythological conceit. – A state of mind. A place of communion and unconditional love. It’s where, when you cross its threshold and you finally feel at peace. #acceptance. “
Solomon Omogboye is a 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 practiced art from his home studio. His paintings reflect 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.