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Alimi Adewale

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figurative, conceptual, abstract, modern, landscape, installation, mixed-media

Artist Statement

Alimi's  distinct oeuvre,  characterized by its heterogeneity of palette and genre makes painting its  subject as well as its medium unique. His indifference in working in abstraction,  and figuration enables a unique dialogue amid styles. In a process reminiscent  of the expressionists, one method seemingly spontaneously and another playful  dancing strokes which become the foundation for a bold field of color. Alimi has never been interested in focusing on his African identity in his art, rather he has been inspired by Abex.

        Alimi's uses images primarily from newspapers, magazines, the internet, book, and film stills his deconstruction of the images removes bias and invites interpretation. Atimes Alimi seeks to personalize urban issues and allude to the lives of everyday city people, which are often neglected in the drive toward excessive urbanization, rapid modern development and the growing global economy.

His painting style is unique in that he warps and reconstructs his images with thin layers of paint often section by section in an array of colors, giving the final work an abstract and ambiguous message that is left up to the interpretation of the viewer. The sections are completed methodically from top left to bottom right, giving the finished pieces a collage-like appearance.

The details of the original photograph are erased while the figures are emphasized, allowing the painting to appear as either emerging or disappearing. Alimi uses strictly palette knife to create his artwork, though many of his paintings display a variety of textures and techniques .

Alimi Adewale was born on 8th of May 1974. An Engineering graduate went through an apprenticeship / studio practice more than a decade ago under the  painter Kamoru Sarumi . Alimi’s works has evolved since then into his  own unique signature.

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