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James Adebayo

James Adebayo (b.1996) born and lives in Ilorin, Nigeria is a self-taught artist working predominantly with acrylic and oil paint.

His figurative paintings often depict scenes of historical and contemporary life, familiar moments, mundane activities and simultaneously convey innate human emotions and nostalgic feelings.

James draws on his personal experience of double vision, his distinctive visual language
constitutes of distorted figures with pink and blue skin tones which ultimately reference the
vibrant butterfly pattern—a metaphorical representation of the constant transformation of
life—from ignorance to awareness.

These narratives further delve into themes of self identity and cultural values in his
practice. His paintings aim to reflect the diversity of humanity and invite viewers to look at one’s
own reflection with satisfaction. James has participated in a group exhibition at Artpedia Gallery, (A Tale of shared experience), Lagos, 2021.

ELEVATE
Oil on canvas
160 x 131 cm
2021

ESCALATE
Oil on canvas
132 x 161 cm
2021

FLY
Oil on canvas
185 x 160 cm
2021

FLY2
Oil on canvas
259 x 135 cm
2021

HIGHER ALTITUDE
Oil on canvas
129.5 x 160 cm
2021

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