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I just want to paint what I feel and how I feel like, shaking out some principles but guided by the basics and understanding of Art and its embodiment. The freedom in Arts and its connection with inner peace, man’s struggle for too much and the way a split minute decision connects every other aspect of an individual’s life. Drives me to paint what i paint.
As a child Ighodalo demonstrated natural creativity and was encouraged to pursue art professionally. At age 10, he did his first painting, a reproduction of the graphics on a peak milk can, titled it “Our Kano Go Straight” Gouache on board, 16’’X 20’’, 1990. At age 18, it was no longer his intention to study Arts because in the Ojemekele family it was considered a vocation that is meant for the less- cleaver. So he ventured into studying Architecture. He did a one year draftsmanship with Ben & Ben Associates, an Architectural outfit in his neighborhood in preparation for higher institution.
At age 20, my dad walked up to me and said “Don’t struggle with what is not in you because you want to please others, art is in you and I believe art is about freedom. All I see in you is creativity locked up looking for a window to bust free, you are an artist embrace that path”
Ighodalo, born 12th November 1980, originally from Edo State, born, bred and lives in warri Delta State Nigeria, Graduated 2007 from the renowned school of arts Auchi Polytechnic Auchi as a painter known for his consistency in the use of greys and the vibrations of his brush stroke one of which now hang on the gallery wall on Auchi Polytechnic Auchi, titled “The Charge” Oil on Canvas, 48’’X 96’’ 2007.
He stayed as a full time studio artist, between 2008 and late 2012, a period within which he participated in few Art exhibitions within Nigeria. He left the studio December 2012 in search of financial backing to paint his dreams. He became a Document Controller in Alcon Nigeria Limited, a contracting firm to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) under Forcados Yokri Integrated Project (FYIP). He is QMS (Quality Management System) certified in Documentation and Document Control from the Document Management Institute (DMI), United Kingdom, Certified ASNT level 1 Magnetic Testing/Penetrant Testing and also a QMS Internal Auditor.
In June 2014, he came in contact with JASON HOREJS, THE DIRECTOR OF XANADU GALLERY TEXAS, US and became more encouraged under his tutelage, which also brought about a turn around in his Art career and style of painting, having gone through his “Starving to Successful E-Course”.
Ighodalo is currently back in the studio working “Purifying His Colors” and preparing a consistent body of works on his new style of painting “PRIMARISM” (The deliberate and dominant use of saturated primary colors in careless carefulness) with inspirations drawn from the word of God and His immediate environment. He now awaits opportunities to showcase his new works.
Online Studies On Color Mixing, Drawing, Writing And Art Pricing Strategies
“Starving To Successful E-Course” By Jason Horejs, Director Of Xanadu Gallery Texas, Us
National Diploma (ND) In Painting and General Arts - Auchi Polytechnic Auchi 2001-2004
Higher National Diploma (HND) In Painting - Auchi Polytechnic Auchi 2006-2007
THOUGHTS IN LINES DRAWING EXHIBITION. LAGOS 2015
POEMS IN THE MANGROVE ART SERIES EXHIBITION. PORT HARCOURT 2011
BAYELSA ART EXPO EXHIBITION (MAIDEN EDITION) BAYELSA 2011
ARTS IN SERVICE (NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS NYSC ART SHOW) IMO STATE 2009
ART EXPO ABUJA 2008
FINAL YEAR EXHIBITION HND 2007
FINAL YEAR EXHIBITION ND 2004
Fine Art America - In-view
Facebook - In-view
The concept behind Ighodalo’s primarism and the foundation on wish it stands is something that chalenged me to write even more, his use of primary colors till gives me the relaxation and freedom he expresses in his paintings, Ighodalo’s earlier works has a lot of vibration that tells where he is going to. Today I can say I still feel free seeing his paintings and watching him paint.
Writer, Poet and Painter.
Straight to it, Ighodalo is the real deal. His Art speaks to me in a language I understand.
My walls are happy today because Ojemekele Ighodalo rests on it.
SOLAR Field Service Engineer.
I have seen a lot of abstracts and colorful paintings, but what I see when I look at Ighodalo’s paintings is what the loaded minds of a busy man wont see thus the caging of its freedom and peace. An Artist with passion for Art, He once said to me “I personify Art that it may speak to me in it purest state of creativity” The simplicity in his use of the primary colors truly explains his connection with Art.
His new found PRIMARISM speaks loudly about his close walk with God, His “Plain Truth” is still a piece that makes me feel bold and confident that worries is what you choose while peace and happiness is what you decide to have.
Anthonet O. Omamofe
Airtel Regional Manager
Warri Delta State.
I see a man that thinks and live Art. His work of Art speaks about a new dawn. Few artists that can distinguish them self like Ighodalo has done in his paintings. Here is a man that has followed his dream to the reality. Ighodalo has proved with is creative works of Art that what you set your mind on you can achieve. His work has class and its unique.
By the grace of God a world of opportunities is opened for him as his paintings and art works takes him to places.
Pastor Festus Akpoyibo
Oje. As I call him, is a young and very talented Artist both in visual and performing Art, with a wonderful sense of humor, His Art speaks a lot about his personality and understanding of what creativity is about.
His Saturated PRIMARISM is a dive in his Art that still strikes me with the freedom that Artist enjoys that he tries to express in every piece that others may fell free and bold in whatever they do, when I first saw the piece titled “Confidence” I was kind of confuse until I became settled and understand that I was not free because of too much work on my mind. His consistency and strive for excellence is something to talk about.
Engr. Obiora Ugwu
Forcados Yokri Integrated Project (FYIP)
I was surprise that a simple man a young father. Mr. Ojemekele Ighodalo has a great mind and also a wonderful Artist. I appreciated much of his art works, he is a real gifted artist. All of his paintings speaks the real meaning and describe the thought of the Artist, you can sense the authenticity of the piece as well as the originality. No wonder this Artist has a remarkable imagination I see a great success ahead (a known Artist).
Lastly, I would like to thanks you for giving me a chance and great privilege to see some of your original old piece and also a part to your journey and a keeper of one of your wonderful piece.
Gerry M. Aciga
Forcados Yokri Integrated Project (FYIP)
Use of Off-Cut Wood as a Surface for Oil Painting- 2004
Recycling of Waste Paper as a Surface for Oil Painting - 2007