Dennis Osadebe Explores Unity And Togetherness Through Colour

For those who love bold colours, finding new artists who love to play with colourful silhouttes in their work is always a pleasure.  One of these artists is Nigeria-based mixed media artist, Dennis Osadebe, who uses  flattened planes and bold colours to create modern, bright, expressive and provocative pieces of art - which he refers to as a "NEO" visual style. These bold colourful pieces showcase subjects with various skin tones at the forefront - a way for Osadebe to explore themes of unity and togetherness.

After studying Business Management at a UK university (where he still pursued his creative interests including experimenting with acrylic paintings), Osadebe moved back to Nigeria in 2013 - initially working within consulting and the Oil and Gas industry, before taking the bold step to focus on art full-time.

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

This move which he describes as "gradual and extremely fulfilling" has seen Osadebe work with many other creatives including Menswear brand, Orange Culture, in a collaboration which led to his colourful patterns being used on Orange Culture's designs.

Speaking to Konbini about the recent collaboration with Orange Culture and what other industries he would love to see his work utilised, Osadebe said:

"Thinking past canvases and collaborating with other creatives is something I am very particular about, so working with Orange Culture was a natural fit. Furniture is also something that has caught my attention.

Recently, I have been looking a lot at planes particularly the interior of planes and I’d like to see what I can do with that."

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

Sharing more info into his work process, Dennis surprisingly explained how he actually never plans what colours will end up in a piece:

"When I paint I never select the colour scheme, I start with a base colour which is usually the strongest colour in the piece. As the piece grows, I am constantly responding to the colours until the piece is completed.

Though, I like my paintings to retain a sense of the body and to make it relatable to the world around us. Unity & togetherness are themes I try to explore and highlight its beauty. I find that in the end all colours complement each other, so I like using each colour to bring out the qualities of each other."

Osadebe is currently working on a number of new projects but in the meantime check out his website and Instagram to learn more about his art.

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

(Photo: Dennis Osadebe)

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