October is Black History Month in the UK. Throughout the month, we'll be spotlighting the voices of four Black artists from around the world, showcasing their work, discussing their inspiration, experiences as an artist and the hurdles they may have faced during their career.
Today we speak to Damola Ayegbayo, a Nigerian expressionist painter whose vibrant work celebrates the beauty and power of Black women.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how long you have been on Artfinder?
My name is Damola Ayegbayo, an expressionist artist with a history of working in the arts and crafts industry. I obtained a Bachelors in Education from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, specialising in painting. My works convey the power and the beauty of Black African women, the reality of life and morals through colour and beautiful Black women faces. My art symbolises my strong mother, who trained and brought me up with love and morals, helping me to discover my true identity. I’ve been on Artfinder for about eleven months.
What inspires you as an artist?
I became inspired by my late grandfather who was a painter, sculptor and ceramist from a tender age. I also get my inspiration from personal experiences, either in the present or the past, and I believe the best way to express myself and how I feel about the world is through my craft.
Have you faced any challenges through the course of your career?
Part of the challenge was marketing my paintings. Some local galleries do not support artists from the start, most of them are indulged in self interest - this attitude has absolutely affected a lot of emerging artists. It was in this experience that I went in search of an online art platform. Also, there are developmental factors and background difficulties that have challenged my art career and created an inability to be well established and thrive.
Do you some words of advice for our readers?
No barrier is unassailable if you work hard, believe in and be committed to what you love to do.
Cover image via Damola Ayegbayo
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