About Exhibition

31 July 2022 - 21 August 2022

Art Pantheon presents a series of works by Nigerian artist Benedict Olorunnisomo in the solo exhibition Personal Contact. The show, according to Olorunnisomo, addresses themes that everyone can relate to. In working towards universality in his art, he hopes to move audiences of all kinds.

Personal Contact features works such as Autumn on My Lips, Powerless, The Builder, The Graceful Cleaner, and others. The paintings, made between 2021 and 2022, show people in different attitudes and activities, people working, people reflecting, people resting. All of the works evoke themes of strength and resilience, work and rest, nature and seasons. Some of the themes are direct, while others are woven subtly into the

The title Personal Contact calls to mind the sense of touch and the gesture of reaching. Understanding the exhibition in these ways extends its meanings and potential. The works are made primarily as a personal address, rather than a general abstracted one. The idea is to get as close as possible to the viewer and create an atmosphere where audiences feel seen, spoken to and touched.

Benedict Olorunisomo

Benedict Olorunnisomo since the early years, has been driven to create through his love for beauty. This eventually led him to study Fine Arts at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, graduating in 2001. He is and has been a full-time studio artist since 2003 with the privilege of participating in some exhibitions/ auctions. He predominantly paints in acrylic and loves to incorporate the drip technique in his more recent works. 

“I believe in the potency and uplifting power of visuals, especially with regard to paintings. Moods can be lifted, vision can be shared, and passion relayed. Man is universal and upliftment is essential. This is a major factor in my art, and it leads me to my themes. As we navigate through life day after day, we realize an ardent need for direction. I find and share this in my own little capacity through my paintings. For me, these can be little lights that reveal a pathway,” says Benedict.