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Art & Culture
Oresegun Olumide’s Wet Artwork
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
As the late Bruce Lee expressed in this quote above, your everyday actions should be similarly execute to the movements of water. I think Bruce Lee and Nigerian born artist, Oresegun Olumide have a little more in common than I really thought. Olumide uses the lucid, wet, freedom of water to enhance the message of individual vindication. His polished paintings protrude an essence of self realization, “humans in their simplest form” what I would call it. Olumide shows the relativity of water and the innocence of youth, as the replenishing liquid reflects the radiance of the people, highlighting true emotion transcending through the paintings. Full of life and expression Olumide intellectually tells the story of the reconnection between bare skin and the refreshing feeling of water allowing the minds of viewers to revert to a simpler time where simplicity was the common spoken language of the body. Olumide’s interest in art began at the innocent age of four, and later professionally creating art in 2005. The 35-year-old graduated in Fine Arts at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos Nigeria. Olumide’s famous art is seen throughout the world inspiring the multitudes.