Size: 3 x 4 feet
Three prime Yoruba goddesses - Yemoja, Osun and Iya-Mapo - converge in Abòjá to reflect and deify the feminine. They are mothers, they give life: we suckled from their breasts, they held us on their back for three years with their sashes.
About Adeola D. Adegbenro
Popularly known as Dare Olúfèrè, Olúfèrè’s art connects both music and painting, using the former to create a melodic meditation on African heritage in the latter. He works on the pessimistic notion of an African heritage dying by the day. He recently began exploring shades of indigo due to its global, historical importance to the black race, as well as the usually stark implications of the dark hue.
Olúfèrè ventures into the deep, sacred and rich culture of his people, Yoruba, employing communal values to reflect on contemporary societal conditions. However, his individual influences fall closer to home: he looks to Nigerian artists Ebenezer Akinola and Taiwo Fadare, from whom he’s drawn a functional aesthetic in impressionism. Olúfèrè pursues religion as a complementary to culture: he pairs Ifa, the Yoruba ancient form of divination and philosophy, with African motifs to buttress his messages.
Olúfèrè is a graduate of Music from the University of Ibadan, the premier Nigerian university. His previous exhibitions include Life In My City (LIMCAF) by Alliance Francaise Port Harcourt, 2019 and Ibadan Art Fair, 2019.