Rising Stars: Jayeola Joshua


Jayeola Joshua (b. 2000) is a visual artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained his (ND) national diploma from the polytechnic Ibadan in fine art and graduated from Yaba college of technology in Fine Frt (painting). Joshua was fascinated by things around him at a tender age and picked interest in them and began to represent them in drawing, ever since then, drawing has been a long passion for him. Over the past two years, he’s participated in various group exhibitions throughout Nigeria.

Picture by @tunesshot
About His Work

His works are inspired by his past, present and presume of the future. As a figurative painter, expressionist, surrealist and conceptual artist, he tends to document our social lifestyle and custom, as well as our cultural values and self-identity. He is essentially interested in creating beauty out of the odds which makes his works appealing and drives conversation. He make use of various medium such as acrylic, oil and charcoal on canvas. The use of curved lines in his works depict comfort, discomfort, and the state of mind of an individual (how we are able to blend in and out in all occurrences). It also reminds us of the human body and movement, the curved lines also imply “his difference” which was inspired in pursuit in finding self. He wants the viewer to be able to relate with the uniqueness he is exploring.

Akinkanju (bravery) from “Joseph in colors” (series I), 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 36 inches
Heritage, 2021
Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 24 inches
Ikigai (who am I), “a Japanese language”, 2021
Acrylic on Canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Get in touch
with Joshua

Instagram: Jayeola_joshua_art

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