Art Attack with Tayo Olusola
Tayo Olusola’s story is an intriguing one of how a Political science and International relations found his way into the Arts.
Born in the city of Lagos with roots from Ibadan, Oyo state It is intriguing how the graduate of Political science and International relations found his way into the Arts.
For Olusola who got into art fully after service year in 2013, it just had to be the creatives because he never found his fit in the white-collar job space.
Let’s share his story with you:
Tell us, why Art?
Tayo: Visual art has always been an innate talent. As a toddler, my mum recalls I’d only do my homework after she had satisfied me with a pencil and paper to be “picassonic”. Art has been a part of me, all through my basic and higher education albeit I didn’t take it up as my area of focus in the university.
I got into art fully after service year in 2013 because I just couldn’t find my fit in a white collar. It’s been a beautiful yet challenging journey threading in the arts, from the first pay to the struggle to stick to one’s passion in a discouraging society.
There are times I have had to contend with the will to create even on bad days, empty stomach, and my own doubts of whether I was crazy to have stuck to being an artist in Nigeria or the hope to ever become something in an undervalued field. However, when I reaffirm that I am right where I should be, I become encouraged.
What drives you?
Tayo: I am driven by the goal to reach out with my resources to the underprivileged via ecclesiastical platforms, overwhelmingly responding to Michelangelo’s saying “…… good painting can only come from Italy” and just be super great at where I fit in the most.
These thoughts keep me going when discouraged and reminds me I still have a long way to go.
What makes your art, unique?
Tayo: There are very few artists in the world with conservatism as their political orientation because liberalism has had a way of making art to be just about anything anyone can do.
This results in the disregard of talent and skill as the backbone, a major rudiment of the field which very much explains the kind of art we call “art” today.
Doing what just about anyone can do would make me more of an art enthusiast than an artist, which connotes my deliberate inclination to realism through skill, and expressionism through artistic freedom. Expressionist-realism is a style embraced and projected by almost no modern artist and that is what makes my art stand out.
What’s your take on selling on Qeturah? Does it work for you as an Artist?
Tayo: I put up my artworks for sale on the Qeturah platform not long ago and I find it to be very promising because it’s already gaining recognition not just locally, but internationally. It is also attracting the right vendors in the arts along with it so I’m positive with this platform.
Before we go, do you have any last words for fellow/budding contemporary Artists?
Tayo: Compete only with who you were yesterday, that’s how you grow and develop healthily. Be diligent but let your hard work be a labour of love to your customers/clients, not a gratification of your own ego.
Knowledge is only potential until with wisdom it is applied, wisdom is where power lies. You won’t be better at your trade until you know the right thing to do and you do it. Don’t expect to go far if you’d go crooked.
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