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Abiodun Olaku

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  • Abiodun Olaku
  • Heavenly Steps
  • signed and dated 1995 (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 84.25 by 68cm., 33 by 26¾in.
  • Painted in 1995


Acquired from Hon. Habeeb Fasinro, Fenchurch Gallery, Onikan, Nigeria 

Catalogue Note

Heavenly Steps is an oil painting by Nigerian artist Abiodun Olaku of a traditional dance. In this painting, the viewer is given a momentary glance at the dancer in the midst of a ceremonial performance. The smooth brushstrokes of layered warm colours highlight the fleeting heated nature of the moment.

In his body of work, Olaku typically paints cities in quiet moments of the night or dawn. Olaku alternates between modern architecture, slum dwellings, and rural settings in Nigeria. Exploring multi-dimensional narratives, Olaku’s paintings are a thoughtful reflection on the movements of everyday Nigerian people.

As a young child, Olaku studied art at the Baptist Academy, and later trained at the Yaba Collage of Technology. There he learned under the instruction and mentorship of Prof Yusuf Grillo, Kolade Oshinowo, and the late Dr. Isiaka Osunde.