Alimi Adewale

Alimi Adewale’s practice posits genres traditionally evoked in painting—such as portraits, landscapes, and nudes—in a profusion of rich texture and often uncommon sculptural finish. Adewale incorporates elements of minimalism and abstraction to create an oeuvre that is distinctly current, and as witty as it is macabre. Whether utilizing sack used for importing fish to satirize Nigeria’s importing culture (Fish Head Series, 2016) or his wood sculpture with acrylic finish (Anonymous Series 2015), which focuses on displacement as a result of excessive urban development, Adewale mines the endless possibilities of material to introduce an additional dimension into the work: time. Imbued with their own mortality, his sculptures cultivate the experiential function of art comparable to traditional African sculptures.

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