For Olaniyi Sunday Olaniran, 2015 was tipping for his career as a visual artist. It was the year his art witnessed meteoric rise in terms of exhibitions and competitions entered and ensuing plaudits. The artist’s pallet knife is cutting something deep this time around.
It is his second solo exhibition at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos. His first solo show was in Brazil in 2015. In the Lagos exhibition, 50 works would be up for art viewers, collectors, and the community in the one-week exhibition that took time to plan. It kicks off March 30.
The multimedia artist from Oshogbo, Osun State, paints and sculpts. He uses aluminum foil for his works, and specialises in making use of beads to create works of paintings. He said, “Bead is my favourites medium. I love to explore, using bead basically to create portraiture and some abstract works. I started using beads as a medium in 2017, which is when I developed the skills. It is an innovation I started
when my career was at an early stage. I was using biscuit wrappers then for paintings, and creating works of art while in secondary school.
“I also use scraps from my environment to create, as well as other materials, because I couldn’t afford the extra art material. I have to use those things I found in my environment instead of staying idle, and complaining, without doing anything,” he said.
The multi award winning artist, whose works are satiated of wisecracks, revealed in a chat with this reporter the theme and hypothesis of his exhibition, “The exhibition is titled Sagacity. It is a profound wisdom; sagacious and embedded in rich Yoruba proverbs and legends, which lies at the heart of the exhibition. It teaches morals and
values in ancient African history, which are the guiding forces in my works, and they are relevant in contemporary times.