by Abiodun Bakare, Council District 10
Acrylic on canvas, 2014
Courtesy of the Artist
My name is Abiodun Bakare, and I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. At 9 I had a near-death experience and was burned over 70% of my body, leaving me physically challenged but in recovery giving me the courage to pick up a brush and I started painting.
When I flashed back during my burns accident recovery in the hospital, my mother’s tremendous efforts to help me get back on my feet, for good two years straight I watched her going back and forth from hospital and home, this became her normal daily routine at that period of time. The love, care and support was endless. African mothers represent the backbone of the family, their love to their child is incomparable, resilient, strong, hardworking and they go extra miles to provide for the family. This painting “Mother Love” is an inspiration of my mother to acknowledge her effort to my surviving burns accident.
I left Nigeria at 17 and emigrated with my family to New York to pursue my dreams, I bought myself an easel and all materials needed and has now been painting for many years. Describing myself as an Expressionist, and my medium of painting is acrylic on canvas. I am influenced by Picasso, Ben Enwonwu, Modern American Contemporary Art and my African heritage, my emotive style can be described as a visual commentary of my life and with my use of Sublime colors, each piece is reflective of my childhood in Africa and my life. I got my break in the industry by showcasing and selling work at shows, festival and markets and has since had exhibitions at Art critique College Park MD, Art Expo Eastern Market Washington DC, Conception Art Show, Houston TX, and The People’s Gallery, Austin TX.