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Yinka Adeyemi

About the Artist

Yinka Adeyemi in Santa Fe, July 2011 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2011).
Yinka Adeyemi in Santa Fe, July 2011 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2011).
Yinka Adeyemi (in Santa Fe), July 2004 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2004).
Yinka Adeyemi (in Santa Fe), July 2004 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2004).

Born 1941
from Iragbiji, Nigeria

Yinka Adeyemi (1941 - ) also produces large, multicolored batiks.  Like murrain Oyelami, he went to Oshogbo from the nearby town of Iragbiji.  His family had artistic talents and interests:  his father made beaded crowns, a unique Yoruba art form, and his uncle painted barbershop signs that advertised hair styles.  The fact that his mother was a storyteller influenced the content of his work.  Adeyemi joined the Duro Ladipo troupe in 1962 as an actor and musician.  After traveling with the troupe to Berlin and London in 1964 and 1965 to participate in festivals there, he acted in Kongi's Harvest, a film based on a play of the same name by Wole Soyinka.
After leaving Oshiogbo, he went to work marking farm boundaries for the Ministry of Agriculture.  During this time his experiences of various indigenous customs formed the basis of much of his later work.  His batiks, which often feature musicians, were dyed in strong red, yellow and magenta, rather than in the delicate colors associated with the batiks of Sangodsare.  Eyes are dynamic focus in his work, and the texture of pattern and shape crowd the space to create a compact unity.  Adeyemi also paints, carves and creates mosaic murals using cowrie shells and pottery shards.  

(above biography from New Currents, Ancient Rivers:  Contemporary African Artists in a Generation of Change by Jean Kennedy, 1992)

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Yinka Adeyemi (1941 -), Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Adey-11

2006
Glass beads on plywood
(24" h x 24"w)

$3500

The Osun Grove
SKU: Adey-9

2005
Batik on paper
(23 1/2" h. x 17 1/2"w.)

$850 framed

Obaluaye (The god of small-pox)
SKU: Adey-5

2005
Batik on paper
(23 1/2" h x 17 1/2"w)

$650

Yinka Adeyemi (1941 -), Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Adey-6

2002
Batik on paper
(23 1/2" h x 17 1/2"w)

$650

Yinka Adeyemi (1941 -), Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Adey-7

2002
Batik on paper
(17 1/2" h. x 23 1/2"w.)

$650

Yinka Adeyemi (1941 -), Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Adey-8

2005
Batik on paper
(23 1/2" h x 17 1/2"w)

$650

Yinka Adeyemi
SKU: Adey-3

2003
Batik on paper
(17 1/2" h x 12"w)

$400

Yinka Adeyemi (1941 -), Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Adey-14

2006
Glass beads on plywood
(24" h x 24"w)

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Yinka Adeyemi (1941 -), Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Adey-15

2008
Glass beads on plywood
(24" h x 30"w)

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Yinka Adeyemi
SKU: Adey-02

2011
Glass beads on plywood
(24" h x 18"w)

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Yinka Adeyemi
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2007
Glass beads on plywood
(30" h x 24"w)

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Yinka Adeyemi (1941 -), Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Adey-13

2008
Glass beads on plywood
(30" h x 24"w)

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The Golden Path of Africa
SKU: Adey-4

2008
Batik on paper
(23 1/2" h x 17 1/2"w)

$650

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