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Spotlight on Akindele John discussing his painting & contemporary african art (Podcast 6)
Jul 31 2022
Spotlight on Akindele John discussing his painting & contemporary african art (Podcast 6)
Welcome to Artfrofest :)  Today I am discussing with Akindele John about his work, his inspirations, and his concepts.  Akindele John, born in 1995 in Ogun State, Nigeria, and currently living in Lagos, focuses his work on women from Africa and the African diaspora. He portrays them in contemplation, draping them in vibrant colors ranging from jewel tones to neon brights.  Akindele began his practice by experimenting with charcoal and liquid acrylic, media which helped him realize that figurative paintings lead us to a better understanding of ourselves as creative, interactive beings.  The figures in his works gaze vividly back at us and also engage back-and-forth with one another in nonverbal negotiations.  Akindele’s paintings are distinctive in their use of loose, playful lines and the softness of his brush’s effects. His works pay particular homage to his African-Nigerian identity, with a strong focus on his gratitude for Black feminine expression and identity in African society.  One striking feature of his work, for example, is how he captures nappturality, the hairstyles of Black women who have chosen to exclusively wear their hair in a natural, afro-textured state.  Over the past few years, Akindele has developed into a full-time studio artist working across a range of techniques and mediums. His mastery of figurative art brings forth the movement and moods of his subjects, and leaves viewers inspired and mesmerized.