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date: 19 October 2019

Oyelami, Murainalocked

(b Iragbiji, 1940).
  • Bolaji V. Campbell


(b Iragbiji, 1940).

Nigerian painter, musician and actor. He was an actor and drummer with the Duro Lapido Theatre Company in 1960s, touring with the group for two years. In 1964 he attended the Mbari Mbayo Workshop in Oshogbo and began painting, inspired by Hezbon Owiti’s work. His first exhibition was in Edinburgh in 1967. His early works were abstract oil paintings of city life, in which he explored problems facing urban dwellers—pregnancy, hunger, the run-down city environment. He painted with bold, textural brushstrokes, often using a palette knife or roller, and he juxtaposed muted colour with strong line to create emotional and visual impact. In the 1980s his work became more figurative, and he began to deal with more generic themes of innocence, evil, humour. He obtained a diploma in dramatic arts from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, where he was an instructor in the Music Department for many years.

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