Transition: Figurative Art by KKK Olojo

Painted intermittently between 2012 and 2017, Transition by Kazeem KK Olojo is one artwork that could easily be lumped with many others of its ilk. A simple naturalistic depiction of traditional African objects including gourds and, sculptures of a head and a birdlike horn, Olojo, in Transition, somehow managed to convey spirituality through his atmospheric treatment of colour. To me, the work expresses muted anxieties and the typical dread of the unknown. It is a haunting vision from a crimson dusk.

KKK Olojo is a painter, textile designer, sculptor and currently, an art instructor at the Universal Studios of Art, Lagos. Born in February 1970 in Lagos into the Kosoko royal family, Olojo’s father was a renowned sculptor and a boat carver. Olojo learnt to carve while he was in high school. He obtained a diploma from Lagos State Polytechnic in 1993. After which he joined Universal Studios of Art and trained under Bisi Fakeye and Abiodun Olaku. Olojo later left to study fine art, specializing in painting, at the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo state. In 2005, he returned to Universal Studios, this time, as a member.

Olojo settled on a representational approach to depicting African subjects—people, landscape and environment—and themes—mostly, Yoruba myths and spirituality—in his art. In other drawings, he depicts markets, masquerades, landscapes and equestrian scenes. His works rarely deals with the political complexities of contemporary Nigerian society. Olojo is a member of the group, Visual Explorators, and was part of ‘Soulfulness’, an exhibition held by the group in May 2017.

Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.
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