SOBREITY INSPIRED BY AFRICANISM – ARTS OF EYITAYO ALAGBE

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In casual conversations with older artists, our Editor-in-Chief was able to drive home a number of points summarised as pessimistic views towards the future of arts, especially in a world so distracted by the internet. Many have been of the view that the younger generation is too impatient to create arts that are closest to perfection. Though they are wrong since art is simply self-expression, some Gen Z visual artists even prove them more wrong by making these arts that are “closest to perfection”. One of such Generation Z visual artists is Eyitayo Alagbe.

Alagbe’s works resonate with a kind of stunning sobriety to the audience with a signature of a few random strokes of paint on the already finished work.

Born in Ogbomoso in 1997, Eyitayo Alagbe is a self-taught artist though he went on to study arts at the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.

The Ibadan-based artist explores a number of media to create his art; with Charcoal pencil and acrylic (or even mixing both) on paper and canvas, Alagbe is able to create a homogeneous work that he says speaks about “hope, joy, pain…”. Eyitayo Alagbe says he draws inspiration chiefly from Africanism.

He has been displayed in a number of exhibitions around the country including the Arnheim Collections, Ibadan Bridal Fashion Art Exhibition, and Made in Naija Art Exhibition.

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