Damilola Opedun Nigerian, b. 1983
Damilola Opedun is a visual artist based in Lagos, Nigeria.
His current body of works is an investigation into the human emotion and its manifestations in our contemporary world.
It is a hybrid of the human figure which investigates and recognizes social media symbols that represent various human emotions, sometimes disfigured forms – albeit with recognizable features.
He works on canvas, using oil pigments to create circular shapes of the internet emojis and smileys with a realistic rendering of the human features.
Mostly black circular shapes, alluding to emojis and smileys, somehow inveigle themselves into the entire visual conundrum as motifs.
Being raised by a single mother, who was at the time going through a severe marital problem, because of the separation between my parents, he had to go through serious emotional issues while growing up, he was painfully shy, fearful and timid and those are all negative emotions.
From his Christian background, he discovered from the Bible that God expresses emotions and also know that humans were created with emotions, but his were out of control. It was my quest for emotional stability that led me into an inquiry about the human emotion using art as vehicle.
"I hope not only to scour the human emotions in search of what drives them towards a specific direction but also evaluate the impact of social validation on people’s lives".