Adejuwon, at two, joins league of exhibiting artists
It is not every time you see children, who, in their ages, draw beautifully. But the story of Oluwadarimisire Adejuwon Adewale, whose solo show, which comes up on December 5, 2021, at the Kunstmatrix 3D Virtual Art Gallery Space, is different. Titled, Table to Tablet: Symphonies from my heART, it is an exhibition of 40 digital arts.
Born on December 5, 2019, Adejuwon started scribbling with pens and wax crayons on tables, sketchpads, walls, floors and sheets of paper at 15 months. Colours and music fascinate Adejuwon.
He’s always trying to find out who is speaking to his dad whenever he is having his virtual meetings. Out of his curiosity, he would drag his dads’ tablet just to have a glimpse of who is talking or singing. Sometimes he would show up just to speak to the people on zoom.
Instead of seeing this as an act of disturbance by his son, his father, Mr. Kunle Adewale introduced the little boy to digital arts and taught him how to use applications on his i-Pad. This became a new venture where little Adejuwon would spend his time creating abstract images. He continues to create when he goes to the hospital for clinic or follow his dad to the car wash.
Today, Adejuwon, who at a young age is walking in the path of his father, Kunle Adewale, a humanitarian artist, has over 70 artworks in his portfolio and he will be exhibiting some selections.
Some of his works have been bought in the Nigeria United States and in the United Kingdom. He also has a few of his works on Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) platforms for digital arts like Opensea and VoiceHq. Adejuwon is the world youngest artist to have his works on these platforms.
The show, which is supported by the Society of Child Artists, and Arts in Medicine Projects will be curated by the Director, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Oyindamola Fakeye, and founder, Arts in Medicine Projects, Kunle Adewale.
Speaking on the show, his father, Adewale, said: “We are excited to support Adejuwon. A certain percentage from the sales of his works would go to support children in pediatric and oncology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, the hospital where he was given birth to and we are pleased that he will be going back to give back to put smiles on the faces of children and their parents, especially those on admission.
“We want Adejuwon to grow up with this mindset of giving to others. It’s about leaving a good legacy that our children should emulate and continue.”