June 24-July 15, 2021
kó is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Demola Ogunajo, titled Area Art.
This body of work is influenced by the aesthetics of local sign posters and bumper stickers adorned on busses, motorcycles and motorways in Nigeria.
Demola Ogunajo uses painting to explore the philosophical complexities of modern life. He is interested in the symbolism of objects in popular culture, often with spiritual, religious or political undertones. Adopting a graphic approach, he creates surreal narratives that allude to themes of transcendence, innocence and the dialectics of good and evil. Ogunajo pays special attention to the patterns, styles and trends of the urban environment, inserting a spectacular twist to our routine experiences.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1973 in Ibadan, Nigeria, Demola Ogunajo studied painting at Obafemi Awolowo University. His long term project, Animystic City, explores the dynamics of Lagos urban culture and its connection to spirituality. He has illustrated for Glendora Review – An African Quarterly Journal for the Arts, in addition to numerous album covers and books. Ogunajo lives and works in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
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