Julius Abidemi Agbaje, also known as JayMidas or Jay, is a Fine Artist.
“I’m 26 years old, I was born and bred even schooled and currently serving in Lagos, but I’m from Edo state. I am more excited about learning new things than I am about making new friends.”
“I was a Computer Engineering student before I switched to study Art. I changed my course, after I taught Fine Art to Primary and Secondary school students for about three years. The experience reinvigorated my interest in the arts and as much as I loved the Sciences, there were too many rules. I wanted to create things unhinged by principles or status quos, unfortunately, it’s near worse in the Arts.”
“Today I’ve won multiple awards as an art student and a burgeoning art practitioner, I am not too fussed about the accolades, but they have been a positive boost in my career. I have also participated in a few exhibitions within the country and my works are going international in a few weeks, courtesy of Ramati Art Africa.”
“My art doesn’t attempt to portray, I am of the opinion that mere portrayal is debasing for true art, just like art isn’t simply aesthetics, craft is. Art in my language is an attempt to provoke or evoke emotions, questions, debates, controversies even and ultimately, influence.”
“My subject matters however are deeply entrenched in my present reality i.e. the ills of society, social conditioning, gender bias to mention a few. I believe that there are abstract cages everywhere in life and technique/style is one of them, it is for this reason that I do not allow my medium to dictate my message, but otherwise.”
Concerning what gives him inspiration, Julius says, “Reality is so diverse and so underemployed in critical creative discourses, I draw my inspiration from her repository, for now.”
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