Damilola Onosowbo

Damilola Onosowbo Marcus’s work reveals questions bordering on perceptions of reality and lived experiences. Her work is inspired by reality and lived experience, but in the way, reality inspires the work of an old analog camera.

Damilola Onosowobo’s work uncovers questions bordering on perceptions of reality and lived experiences. Through the subtle use of tropes, composition, colours, light, and subject, she pulls together her artistic configurations and reconceptualises them within a modern cultural setting.

She received a BA in Architecture from the University of Lagos and has an MSc in Environmental Design. She is the Managing Partner and Executive Art Director at Dá Design Studio. Works from her design studio have been exhibited at Venice Design in 2019 and featured in publications.

Damilola is inspired by great artists such as Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Anders Zorn, she doesn’t view realism as an opportunity to imitate reality; hence she is unafraid of careless brush strokes or any potential raw unfinishedness to her work. Her paintings are a deliberate rebellion from the structures and calculations from her background in design and see her oeuvre as ultimately a way to relax, observe and be present in the present.

She’s exhibited at group exhibition such as ‘Girls that run the world’ Eclectica Contemporary Capetown (2022), ‘Coalesce’ Affinity Art Gallery, Lagos (2021), She was also part of the Mother of Mankind group exhibition (2021) at HOFA Gallery, London.


Old gold friend
Acrylic and oil on Canvas
85 cm X 115 cm
2022

Birthdays are kinda scary
acrylic and oil on canvas
85 cm X 115 cm
2022

Eat, laugh, laugh
Acrylic and oil on canvas
62 cm X 76 cm
2022

It’s blue outside
Acrylic and oil on Canvas
115 cm x 85 cm
2022

Pink towel
Acrylic and oil on Canvas
179 cm X 115 cm
2022

Untitled iii
Oil on canvas
61 cm x 92 cm
2021
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