Video: Internal struggle and opposition to external factors in the paintings of Ekundayo
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 05:58
Human life is in many ways a struggle. This is a flurry of emotions inside us and a hail of events that affect us from the outside. The artist from the Hawaiian Islands Ekundayo managed in his surreal canvases to very effectively depict both the internal and external struggle of a person, revealing all the ins and outs of his by no means an easy life.
“Sadness becomes joy” - this is the slogan we see when visiting the artist's official website, and it reflects his whole life. She is filled with struggle, and primarily within the most important unit of society, whose members, in theory, must jointly overcome difficulties themselves - the family. By the way, other artists, of course, also devoted their works to the topic of wrestling. For example, Louis Royo in his paintings adhered to the theme of post-apocalyptic romance and the struggle for existence. And Michael Indorato developed in his canvases the theme of struggle with oneself.
Nevertheless, in the works of Ekundayo, as an artist who has gone through a considerable number of difficulties, it is of great value to modern society, and his paintings quite vividly depict what is happening around, but at the same time cannot be seen with the armed eye. He was born in Honolulu (this is in Hawaii) in 1983, lived with his father and mother, who, when he was 5 years old, were forced to separate. The father took Ekundayo under his wing without saying a word to the mother. And for seven years they led a nomadic life, opposing external factors … The mother, meanwhile, tried to find her son, organizing an information center for missing children for this. The nomadic lifestyle ended in 1994 when the future artist's father, dying of cancer, settled in California. The father died when the boy was 11 years old.
Ekundayo now lived with his sister, her mother, brother-in-law and four nieces in a small house with three bedrooms and one bathroom. Mother at that time was in Hawaii and. apparently still trying to find her son. It was in this house, despite external factors, that at the age of 13 the boy fell in love with art. By this time, by the way, he was expelled from school for fighting, stealing, and for that. that he was hanging out in bad company. One day he found his uncle's black book in the garage, in which he was sketching graffiti for one of the graffiti teams in Los Angeles. He became obsessed with drawing and copied every page from this book. Meanwhile, the Justice Department found the boy and returned his mother to Hawaii.
At home he continued to paint, and then external factors played into the hands - his family supported him. He graduated from high school and moved in with his sister and a bigger brother-in-law. He entered Pierce College in California, where he perfected his art, worked on a portfolio art until 2003, after which he continued his education at the Art Center.
In her works, Ekundayo combines classical technique with innovative methods. He combines the aesthetics of graffiti with acrylics, gouache, watercolors, and inks. The essence of his work is wrestling a person, as well as the thought that the burden that we carry can both change us for the better and drive us into a corner if we cannot change.
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