Samuel Olowomeye Adeola is a 28-year-old visionary that uses his art to tell the truth, expose the hypocrisies, ironies, chaos and imbalance of the human condition and society at large through details that might have been neglected ordinarily as he also tries to touch as many souls as possible. He is a full-time artist, a Bachelor’s degree holder in Performing Arts and a Master’s degree holder in Public Administration. Samuel aligns with hyper-realism as his art form with a mission of telling the truth and a comprehensive story. He’s famously known for saying, “realism is not the aim – the truth is. Nothing is trivial. Everything is important to form a whole in the creative process.” Samuel’s vision is to use his art as a societal mirror. The details in his art are like tiny mirrors hidden in the elaborate, busy and never-ending occurrences in our day to day activities.
When and how did you start painting?
I started painting professionally in 2013 however, I have been painting for many years before then. As a young boy I developed an interest in painting and drawing in my secondary school days. I started nurturing the idea of becoming an artist in 2010 when someone approached me saying that she learned that I could draw well and asked me to help her create some drawing for her project.
What does your typical daily routine entail?
I am a full time artist so it is expected that I work in my studio daily. When I wake up, I spend some time on my bed to organize my day. I spend most hours in the studio creating and only leave when there’s need to.
How did Brymo use your art as his album cover?
Brymo and I were featured in a live painting event organized by Artnight Lagos at Yanna Studios, Ikoyi in February, 2020. He did his music, moments after, I did my painting of “Insight and Frustrations” which got the attention of everyone present at the event. People competed to pay for the painting but I think Brymo was the lucky person. He thereafter made his interest known in using the painting for his album cover.
How did it feel?
Well… it’s a good thing but I am not happy that my work is being used by Brymo without proper acknowledgement on many platforms.
Do you think there’s enough appreciation for art in Nigeria for artists to make a living as full time artists or are you one of the lucky few?
I really think that art appreciation can be better in Nigeria. It is really challenging for an artist to make a living where artworks are undervalued in a place like Nigeria. I am probably one of the lucky few but there are many other artists in Nigeria doing fine.
Is the art market getting overly saturated?
We can’t deny the fact that there is a large influx of people in the art market now. It is not very uncommon to see a lot of people, especially younger ones, taking up art nowadays. However, I think there is enough room for everyone to grow if we invest more resources in growing the art business.
What do you think makes you and your work special?
Style. I haven’t stuck to a style yet but I have been playing down on colors in my paintings to give room for attention on characters and atmosphere.
What is your strength as an artist?
My strength lies in consistency and persistence. I really have so much confidence handling a pencil now.
What do you think is the purpose of your art?
I am interested in chaos, imbalance and ironies. These are the very common themes that permeates the Nigerian space and probably the world as a whole. As much as we can’t make the interest of the world one, we can at least make it balanced and less chaotic. That is the purpose of my art.
Does it get difficult to let go of your pieces sometimes?
Yes it does. I create excellent paintings that marvels me sometimes.
What is the hardest thing about being an artist for you?
That people still question the profession if it’s a real job or not.
Any word of advice for another that wants to be like you?
Like me? No. Want to become an artist? Yes. If you want to become a true artist, be sincere to yourself and be sincere in your works.
What is your ultimate goal for your art?
That it can touch as many souls as possible. That it can inspire people to stand up to correct things we are doing wrong.