INFORMED BY YORUBA MYTHOLOGY AND THE GEOMETRIC FORM, OLUSEYE FUSES THE HUMAN, THE SCULPTURAL, AND THE TRADITIONAL IN HIS SEARCH FOR THE ARCHETYPAL BALANCE BETWEEN THE SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL SELF. COMBINING ACRYLIC, CHARCOAL, PASTEL AND STEEL WIRE, HE EMBARKS ON AN INTERSECTIONAL EXPLORATION OF BLACK MALE IDENTITY, EXISTENTIALISM, SEXUALITY AND OUTSIDER CULTURES. INEVITABLY, HE STRETCHES THE BOUNDARIES OF TRADITIONAL YORUBA THOUGHT AND ICONOGRAPHY, PLACING IT WITHIN A CONTEMPORARY MILIEU THAT IS INCLUSIVE OF, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CULTURAL EXPRESSION. HIS PRACTICE ALSO INCLUDES EXPANSIVE, PHOTO-BASED, SOCIAL INSTALLATIONS WHICH ARE OFTEN INTERACTIVE AND SERVE AS AN EXTENSION OF CURRENT CONVERSATIONS ON RACE AND IDENTITY. INFORMED BY POPULAR CULTURE NARRATIVES, COMPLICATED BY IDEAS OF THE “OTHER”, AND EXECUTED WITH AN AWARENESS OF HUMAN-DIGITIZED TENSION, SCARCITY, AND DESIRABILITY, OLUSEYE'S WORK IS INHERENTLY DYNAMIC IN ITS PROVOCATION OF INTROSPECTIVE AND COMMUNAL EXPLORATION. OLUSEYE WORKS BETWEEN TORONTO, CANADA AND LAGOS, NIGERIA.   CV EDUCATION  MSC, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY, LONDON, UK  BCOM, MCGILL UNIVERISTY, MONTREAL, CANADA   SOLO EXHIBITIONS SECRETS OF A BLACK BOY x OLUSEYE, DAIS, TORONTO (NOVEMBER, 2016) ORI: THE PORTRAITS, BAND GALLERY, TORONTO (DECEMBER 2015) ORI, GALLERY 151, NEW YORK (APRIL 2015)   GROUP EXHIBITIONS WHY THE @#&! DO YOU PAINT?, THE GLADSTONE HOTEL, TORONTO (OCTOBER 2016) A ROOM FULL OF BLACKBOYS, BLANK CANVAS, TORONTO (SEPTEMBER 2016) PLATFORM, ART TWENTY ONE GALLERY, LAGOS (JAN 2016) SCRATCH AND MIX PROJECT, ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, TORONTO (MAY 2015)        

INFORMED BY YORUBA MYTHOLOGY AND THE GEOMETRIC FORM, OLUSEYE FUSES THE HUMAN, THE SCULPTURAL, AND THE TRADITIONAL IN HIS SEARCH FOR THE ARCHETYPAL BALANCE BETWEEN THE SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL SELF. COMBINING ACRYLIC, CHARCOAL, PASTEL AND STEEL WIRE, HE EMBARKS ON AN INTERSECTIONAL EXPLORATION OF BLACK MALE IDENTITY, EXISTENTIALISM, SEXUALITY AND OUTSIDER CULTURES. INEVITABLY, HE STRETCHES THE BOUNDARIES OF TRADITIONAL YORUBA THOUGHT AND ICONOGRAPHY, PLACING IT WITHIN A CONTEMPORARY MILIEU THAT IS INCLUSIVE OF, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CULTURAL EXPRESSION. HIS PRACTICE ALSO INCLUDES EXPANSIVE, PHOTO-BASED, SOCIAL INSTALLATIONS WHICH ARE OFTEN INTERACTIVE AND SERVE AS AN EXTENSION OF CURRENT CONVERSATIONS ON RACE AND IDENTITY. INFORMED BY POPULAR CULTURE NARRATIVES, COMPLICATED BY IDEAS OF THE “OTHER”, AND EXECUTED WITH AN AWARENESS OF HUMAN-DIGITIZED TENSION, SCARCITY, AND DESIRABILITY, OLUSEYE'S WORK IS INHERENTLY DYNAMIC IN ITS PROVOCATION OF INTROSPECTIVE AND COMMUNAL EXPLORATION.

OLUSEYE WORKS BETWEEN TORONTO, CANADA AND LAGOS, NIGERIA.

 

CV

EDUCATION 

MSC, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY, LONDON, UK 

BCOM, MCGILL UNIVERISTY, MONTREAL, CANADA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

SECRETS OF A BLACK BOY x OLUSEYE, DAIS, TORONTO (NOVEMBER, 2016)

ORI: THE PORTRAITS, BAND GALLERY, TORONTO (DECEMBER 2015)

ORI, GALLERY 151, NEW YORK (APRIL 2015)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

WHY THE @#&! DO YOU PAINT?, THE GLADSTONE HOTEL, TORONTO (OCTOBER 2016)

A ROOM FULL OF BLACKBOYS, BLANK CANVAS, TORONTO (SEPTEMBER 2016)

PLATFORM, ART TWENTY ONE GALLERY, LAGOS (JAN 2016)

SCRATCH AND MIX PROJECT, ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, TORONTO (MAY 2015)