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Ayoola’s life studies of pepper merchants’ narratives

By Sunday Aikulola
14 November 2021   |   2:30 am
After his first outing in Mile 12 Market, Lagos, Sodade Ayoola is set for the second episode of Life Studies of Pepper Merchants, a series of outdoors painting and drawing exercise, titled, Visual Narratives of Sodade Ayoola.

Sodade Ayoola

After his first outing in Mile 12 Market, Lagos, Sodade Ayoola is set for the second episode of Life Studies of Pepper Merchants, a series of outdoors painting and drawing exercise, titled, Visual Narratives of Sodade Ayoola.

His first body of works titled, Life Studies of Pepper Merchants of Mile 12, was held on October 29, 2021. Ayoola a painter and one of the artists, who emphasise the need for creatives to do more outdoor drawings and paintings, said, the first episode was “a unique experience for most of the pepper merchants, as the drawings were done in their presence, and most of them had never seen a painter paint directly from life.”

The second episode, titled, Life Studies of Pepper Merchants of Okeodo Market, seeks to encourage other painters to embrace life studies, through visual narratives.

Ayoola said, “This will also prompt upcoming artist to paint more in public rather than in their private studios.” According to him, “the visual narrative serves as a vehicle of enlightenment to parents and guardian of upcoming artists and the importance of art as a veritable, lucrative and unique profession.”

The painter, who loves to give back to his society, is now using this medium to publicise his free painting training worshop for anyone who is interested in painting and general art.

This exercise will be carried out on a monthly basis, as he will be painting in different locations in Lagos, he adds, “and in the presence of the general public.”

Ayoola studied (Painting) at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba and at the University of Benin, Benin City. He is a member of Society of Nigeria Artist (SNA).

The artist, who has won many awards, has been showcased in different parts of the country. Sodade is a lecturer in the Department of Fine Art, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba. He is the founder of Sodaism Art Gallery.

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