Opeyemi Matthew Olukotun is a fine artist, with a specialty in painting.
When he was asked how he started, the graduate of Fine and Applied Art from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, says, “how I became an artist is still surprising because initially I never imagined I would be practicing.”
“Firstly, I was a science student. I always wanted to be a computer engineer, but I got admitted into the university to study “pure and applied chemistry”! Lol! Chemistry was the last course I can imagine myself studying; I just didn’t like the course.”
“But luckily for me, there is a general course (fine art) for every 100 level students. I fell in love with the 2 units’ course and decided to cross to the department in 200level. After my NYSC in 2014, there was this huge fear in me to start art as a career.”
“The fear was so overwhelming. I eventually had to take a teaching job which I did for two years. I resigned in December 2016 to face the challenge staring at me in the face.”
“Presently, I’m doing an internship at the Universal Studios of Art, National Theatre, Iganmu. I’m practicing art full time now and it feels so good to do what makes you happy.”
“My style is expressive. I try to render my subjects colourfully. Most importantly, it is understandable.”
On what gives him inspiration, Opeyemi has this to say, “I work like everyone else and I get inspired by seeing inspiring art; researching, observing and most importantly, appreciation. When someone appreciates what I am doing, it motivates me a lot. It means that my work is important and I am contributing something meaningful.”
“The main message my work usually have is to see “the value in humans”
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