The Evolution of Seidougha Linus Eyimiegha, Danfo Artist

“With art all things are possible”

Seidougha Linus Eyimiegha
Agbero Academy Alumni, 19 x 19.5 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2021

Why Art?

With art all things are possible; it is the ultimate tool I use to express myself and find my innermost satisfaction from. Art also creates the opportunity for others to experience and enjoy my thoughts and feelings. With art I can make statements that will live forever.

How has your practice changed over time?

I have developed and expressed myself in different ways over the years and I’ll keep developing more ways as the spirit leads. It all started with paintings of geometric shapes on various shades of materials. Then I started attaching found objects to my geometric paintings. Later I painted predominantly with red and black on white backgrounds.

A for Africa, 34 x 49 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2019

Then came the Danfo influence which started in late 2019 and made me to create more yellow dominated paintings still with geometric shapes. However, some of my recent paintings in 2021 have blue and black as the dominant colours. I also have a reasonable number of designs influenced by popular culture which are yet to be exhibited in public.

JJC, 34 x 49 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2021

Who are your biggest influences?

My work was initially influenced by the geometric designs in traditional masks and masquerades. Then later by the geometric designs found on Danfo buses which influenced my Danfo series.

In the developmental stages of my geometric works, I studied the paintings of Piet Mondrian and his mathematical colour balance technique helped me develop mine. Bob-Nosa Uwagboe is an avant-garde Nigerian artist whose artistic practice gave me so much confidence to sincerely create the kind of art I make today. Just like Bob-Nosa, I also want to follow my heart in creating what I truly care about even if it is not popular among my contemporaries.

The artist in his studio

The freedom and diversity in the works of Damian Heist have inspired me to develop new series of installations. He keeps reaffirming my belief that with art, there are no boundaries.

What does your work aim to say?

I have different bodies of work addressing different issues, however, they all have a connection to Lagos because I am inspired by the day to day struggle of the average Lagosian. My work creates a space for dialogue on varied subjects such as urbanization, popular culture and street slangs common among the Danfo group.

Passenger, 19 x 19.5 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2021

What should we expect from you in the near future?

Expect the unexpected from me.

Seidougha Linus Eyimiegha is a visual artist working out of Lagos Nigeria. You can connect with him on Instagram @seidoughalinuseyimiegha

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