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Olumide Oresegun Dazzles Anew With Revelation

Olumide Oresegun's Diverted Attention
Posted: Oct 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Tomi Falade

Art speaks life. And life, when portrayed in art, is beautiful in all ramifications. Olumide Oresegun is simply not an artist that expresses life, but one who captures the beauty of life and existence on canvas. As many would see it, he reveals beauty in life.

On Friday the 30th of September, Mydrim Gallery exhibited the works of the hyper-realistic artist in an exhibition titled ‘Revelation’and curated by Sinmidele Adesanya.

Olumide Oresegun would be remembered as the artist who broke the internet in March with his works in hyper-realism. He paints his images in a life-like manner and for those who attended the exhibition, they were reminded of Olumide’s unique love for art and quality.

His paintings, worthy participants in the exhibition, are themed on everyday activities in his environment. His works, described as hyper-realism, olumide oresegun - Common cold


appear life-like so much that it may be mistaken for actual photographs with a twist of creativity.

His avid strokes express the beauty of Africanness without altering reality. Olumide is unabashed about delivering healthy vitality in the subject of his paintings. He displays unashamedly the beauty in African youths, portraying the African skin in the true hues of beauty given by creation.

In the last four years, his focus has been on the activities of under-privileged children, and this focus inspired many of his works. Some of the exhibited pieces include Child’s Play, Diverted Attention, Immersion, Quiet Gaze, Morning News, First Impression, amongst others.

The award-winning Olumide Oresegun has participated in several group exhibitions such as ‘The God of Ages’, Lagos, 2002; Goethe Institute/Chidi Kwubiri Workshop’, Germany, 2016; and ‘October Rain’, Lagos 2008-2009. This is his third solo exhibition after ‘Moment of Reason’, 2011 and ‘Glistening’, 2014. Among the awards he has bagged over the years are 1st prize, ‘Don Quixote in Nigeria’ competition, Spanish Embassy; 1st prize ‘Life in my City’ competition, Enugu, Nigeria, 2007; 3rd prize, ‘Spanish Artists Nigeria Styles’ competition, Abuja, Nigeria; ‘Yusuf Grillo Award for Best Student in Painting’, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos; ‘Overall Best Student Award’, Fine Art Department, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria, 2006;  3rd place winner, ‘Goethe Institute/Chidi Kwubiri competition’, Goethe Institute, Lagos, 2005.

With these many awards, it is no wonder that Olumide is an epitome of artistic excellence.

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Revelation was exactly what it promised to be, a revelation of the beauty of youth, innocence, growth, life and most importantly, reality all captured in oil on canvas.

In an interview with CNN in March, 2016 when pictures of his paintings went viral on social media platforms, Olumide stated that water is a recurring theme in his art because water has no enemy. The use of water gives a translucent effect and, he says, it is “why it’s difficult for many people to do.”

Olumide pushes himself to create art that is not simply challenging but new.
Finding art at the young age of four, Olumide has since pursued his passion relentlessly, and his talent speaks volumes. He started creating art professionally in 2005.

Olumide Oresegun Morning news

A graduate of Fine Art at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos with a distinction, Olumide enjoys creating pieces that reflect the lives of those around him.

The exhibition closed yesterday, Saturday the 8th of October, 2016, and all who saw Revelation had deeper respect for the genre of art called hyper-realism.