What are the main influences and inspirations behind your work?
Typically it’s the immediate world around me and the places I’ve been: Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Dubai, London, Manchester, and Lagos have all influenced my creative style and process. Also the people I meet.
I create art to better understand the world around me, and hopefully to help others. I’m also inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat, Jean-Paul Goude, Grace Jones, Marcel Duchamp, Tyler the Creator, and Matt Beaumont.
What’s been your favourite project to work on, from the past year, and why?
A project called Urban Native, made in collaboration with Zeda the Architect and in celebration of our Nigerian heritage. An Urban Native is a rare individual, someone who stands out by being themselves. They achieve this by incorporating elements of their heritage with whatever their present reality is – in the case of the individuals in this project, their heritage is African and their present reality is Ireland, specifically Dublin.
This is one of my favourite projects to date, because it’s the first time I’ve created something that speaks to my Nigerian heritage. I also got to play around with multiple mediums to tell the story.