Adébayo Bolaji


Adébayo Bolaji (*1983) is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in London, England. His background of film and theatre, both in acting and screenplay-writing, compliments Bolaji’s exploration of newer media in the visual arts. Bolaji believes that ideas choose the medium of
execution. His painting method follows a marinating process for the pieces to be completed, which is why Bolaji often steps away from the canvas while simultaneously working on multiple
projects. The subject of his paintings varies, from the seemingly aesthetic pictures to a direct commentary on the state of the human condition, focusing on the ironic and bizarre aspects of everyday life. At the centre of his practice is the dialogue of change and the focus of the individual within a connecting society whether that be anthropological, religious, historical or popular culture. The use of the vibrant language is a constant element narrating a different story within each painting. Visually, the works have layers of bold colours and as the textures thickens the velocity builds up. Bolaji's use of colour has an unapologetic force upon the viewer. Colours are placed on top of each other, without being blended, as they come straight from the tube.
The conscious choice of acrylic paint, which dries fast, preserves the energy and tempo of the piece.



01 – OFFBEAT - Solo Show/ STUDIO 73, Brixton, London/ [May -June 2016]

02 – Artist Residency/ YINKA SHONIBARE MBE GUEST PROJECTS SPACE./London./ [Oct 2016]

03 – NEW CONTEMPORARY V OLD . Group Show /Adébayo Bolaji, Le Corbusier, Sam Francis, Nancy Guggenheim, Gottfried Honegger, Brad Howe , Alexej Jawlensky, Paul Jenkins, Robert Rauschenberg, Sergio Tappa/ GALERIE PROARTA, Zürich/ [Dec 2016-Jan 2017]

04 – Artist Residency and Solo Show/ GALERIE PROARTA, Zürich/ [March 2017]

05 – DIALOGUE SHOW: BOLAJI & OYELAMI/ Tafeta Gallery, London [April-May 2017]

06 – ORIGIN AND FLOW/Art Cafe Brooklyn, New York, [May-July 2017]

07 – Artist Residency/ PRAH FOUNDATION, Margate/ [Oct 2017]

08 – Book launch and art installation/ CONCEPT LONDON, London /[Dec 2017]

09 – Transitions-Solo Show/SOMETH1NG CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, London/ [Feb-March

10 – Artist Residency with solo show/GALERIE PROARTA, Zürich/ [March 2018]

11 – Group Show/Adébayo Bolaji, Francis Bacon, Sonia Delaunay, Kazumasa Mizokami, Paul
Jenkins, Karina Wisniewska/ GALERIE PROARTA, Zürich/ [April-May 2018]