Loud Youth Project Launches Their December African Art Exhibition

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From dizzying patterns and neutral palettes to playful shapes and colourful caricatures, there’s something sure to pique your interest in this exhibition. Consider the Loud Youth Project’s invitation to view Damilola “DAOK” Okhoya and his new collection “A Box Theory of Life,” Raymond Akenbor Eghosa and Toju Clarke at the Ham Yard Village, 2 Denman Place, London, W1D 7AH.

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What is Loud Youth Project? It is a Gallery and Creative Collective working with the exciting young talent from West Africa. If you’re looking to add to your collection of art, take a moment and visit their exhibitions to view amazing artwork.

Damilola “DAOK” Okhoya

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Damilola “Daok” Okhoya is a self-taught Visual Artist.

After graduating with a B.Sc. in Physics from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria, he briefly worked as an apprentice in sculpting, working with metals and fiberglass. His use of mediums ranges from photography, digital art, sculpting and painting with oil and acrylic. What drives his practice is experimentation (propelled by his background in physics). An openness to possibilities and happy accidents, a willingness to take on new challenges and engage creatively as often and in as many ways as he can.

His work is inspired by the human experience. The workings of the mind, existence, belief systems, causes and effects of technological innovations, pop-culture, The list non-exhaustive.

DAOK’s new collection “A Box Theory of Life” will be showcased in London, December 2022.

Damilola “DAOK” Okhoya, Citizens 3, 2022, Acrylic on Canvas, 112 cm x 140 cm – Image courtesy of Loud Youth Projects

Raymond Akenbor Eghosa

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Raymond Akenbor Eghosa is a painter, experimental artist and an art educator based in Benin City, Nigeria. He is a graduate of Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, Nigeria with a diploma in Painting & General Art, and holds a post-graduate degree in Art Education from the National Teacher’s Institute of Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Eghosa’s progression has seen a range of medium exploration. Such as painting on textiles; mixed media & collage making and his current style of acrylic canvases using his striking pointillism technique.

Eghosa has cultivated a desire for discovery and for creation since his youth. His early works incorporate African size and shapes and fused fashion motifs. His paintings often depict the beauty of Africa, and his inspiration is drawn from his immediate environment and the historic Benin culture. Influences include ancient sculptures, poetry, music and fashion from the region.

His style is inspired by master artist Victor Ekpuk, who is renowned for his use of symbology from Africa.

Raymond Akenbor Eghosa, Untitled Expression 1, 2022, Acrylic on Canvas, 121.92 cm x 152.4 cm – Image courtesy of Loud Youth Projects

Clarke Toritseju Favour

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Clarke Toritseju Favour aka Toju Clarke (b. 1996) is a contemporary Nigerian artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Toju is well known in Nigeria for his sgrafitto technique (scratching on canvas and other surfaces) as well as his forays into digital art. His body of works are inspired by mental health awareness, identity and the flaws as an African artist. Sgrafitto is his way of also expressing the discomfort in humans in art form.

His primary use of black paint and backgrounds symbolise the mind and other colours to compliment the mood. In his paintings the black paint is scratched off to reveal the subject while in his digital painting the black background illuminates the subjects. His subjects’ facial expression and attitudes related directly to how he felt at the moment of creation – knowing his mood is reflected by many others who view his works. He is emotionally attached to his works as they are inspired by his life.

Toju Clarke, Rest in peace (We don’t have to die to rest), (2022), Sgrafitto on Canvas (scratching), 92 cm x 92 cm – Image courtesy of Loud Youth Project

Bardi Osobuanomola Catherine is a budding storyteller. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Benin. She has contributed to numerous Art publications across Africa. She is currently a Writer for Art News Africa.

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