An exhibition of 9Ja Pop Art creations and commissions.
Everything from book covers to commissions to custom apparel designs. A step off the beaten path
More than Dali, Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein is my main artistic inspiration.
My mother introduced me to his art well before I truly understood such things (I couldn’t have been older than eight when she was showing me his works in World Book Encyclopedia).
I first exhibited in a gallery when I was about 11 years old, again with encouragement from Mom. My parents taught me that pop art IS “proper art” regardless of what any blinkered art teachers said. They then both proceeded to buy me every age-appropriate comic book they could find (note to parents: comic books had me reading ahead of grade level my entire school life. They’re not all bad!! Think about it. Kids will read what they LIKE).
I was designing costumes and banners for carnivals in Nigeria when I was in my early teens.
I was 16 when I got my first graphics job with an advertising agency in Lagos.
I worked as a graphic artist while at college in Nigeria and the USA.
After a 10-year hiatus spent climbing the corporate ladder (I’m a Construction Project Manager in “real life”), I started 9Ja Pop Art to explore my much suppressed artistic side.
I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I do!
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