About Exhibition

6 June 2021 - 24 July 2021

The material serves as the conduit between his imagination and reality. He finds that there is a bi-directional loop between his thoughts and materials. Sometimes, the material he sees whispers to him the possibilities of feasible art. Other times, he envisions the possibilities with his mind.

Art is the air he breathes and the gift he has been bestowed with to make the world more beautiful than he found it. He hopes to inspire someone along the way. Our experience of reality is bounded by the thing between his two ears. Laughter, crying, joy, anger, satisfaction, frustration, passion, jealousy, ecstasy – these are the fruits of our experience of reality.

The events of 2020 tilted the axis of our shared reality, changing our collective perspective on the boundaries of impossibility. His art benefited from this new twisted view of the possible, allowing him to be bold, dissatisfied, and vocal with his art. With thick buildups of paint on the canvas emerging from large, vigorous brush strokes, the subject within the frame conveys energy, movement, and emotion.

"State of Mind" expresses the emotion behind reason and reaction. It is an artistic expression exploring the diverse fruits of the thing between our two ears. Through our unique perspective, we observe reality, think, and conjure emotions that, in turn, brush and stroke our perception of reality with beautiful hues of emotions.

As viewers explore this collection, it is Adeyinka's wish that the art transports them into a beautiful state of mind.

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Adeyinka Akingbade

Adeyinka Akingbade (born 1981) is an award-winning painter, photographer, and graphic designer who graduated in Fine Arts from the Yaba College of Technology in 2008, specializing in Painting. That same year, Akingbade’s
eclectic and versatile style drew the attention of the African Artists’ Foundation’s Unbreakable Nigerian Spirit Art Competition in which he emerged as one of the finalists. In 2010 he was selected to take part in the month long CCA Lagos artist residency program, Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise, and the following year he won first prize at the Lagos Black Heritage Festival’s Walls of Prison into Fields of Freedom Art Competition. Akingbade’s experimental photography and mixed media works were featured in the German magazine BORRIOLAH-GHA and in 2014 he exhibited at the 25th AnnualFestivalofthe Arts in Chicago, USA.

In 2016, Akingbade was invited on a 6 week artist residency in Sweden that included a conference on ContemporaryArt at Orebro Art College led by Peter Ekstron, Rectorof Orebro Art College. Akingbade also participated in a 'Train the Trainers' Art Workshop in Orebro Graphic Studio led by Norman Sanden and a group exhibition at the Gallery Astley in Uthesberg. Many of his works are in good collector’s collections in Nigeria and abroad.

In 2019, he participated in the ArtX, Lagos. He has participated in several Art shows both home and abroad. As a food photographer and designer, he has also worked with several advertising agencies and International Culinary Chefs. While working as a studio artist on weekends, Akingbade runs a graphic design consultancy, GNO Studios, and his clients include DDB, Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria, Proactive Media, CulinaryAcademy, Wimbiz, TruContact, WTech, and SMO ContemporaryArt.