Àsìkò

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Awọ

20 x 30 inches

Metallic Print (photograph)

2016

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Àsìkò

ABO

20 x 30 inches
Metallic Print (photograph)

2016

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Àsìkò

ONIJO

20 x 30 inches
Metallic Print (photograph)

2016

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Àsìkò

ÒṢÈRÉ

20 x 30 inches
Metallic Print (photograph) 

2016

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Àsìkò

Oloba

23 x 35 inches
Metallic Print (photograph) 

2016

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Àsìkò

Oju Inú 

23 x 35 inches
Metallic Print (photograph) 

2016

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Àsìkò

Àsirí Aladire

23 x 35 inches
Metallic Print (photograph) 

2016

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Àsìkò

Erin

35 x 23 inches
Metallic Print (photograph) 

2016

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Àsìkò

Previous exhibitions and projects

Solo Exhibitions
 

  • Conversations + The Woman Code Solo Show at Gallery of African Art, London, Apr 2018
     

  • Adorned series Solo Show at Rele Gallery, Lagos, Oct 2016

Group Exhibitions  
 

  • Invisible Borders Adorned Series, Nelly Wandji Gallery, Paris, Oct 2018
     

  • Photomonth East London, Layers, The Printspace, London, Sep 2018
     

  • Common Thread Adorned Series, The Black and White, London, Aug 2018
     

  • Looks Like Me Black Panther Portraits, Black Cultural Archives, London, Feb 2018
     

  • Afrofuturism Black Panther Portraits, British Film Institute, London, Feb 2018
     

  • StyleFusion Adorned Series, Gallery of African Art, London, Sep 2016
     

  • Culinary Art Samsung showcase art exhibition, Rele Gallery, Lagos, May 2016
     

  • Layers International Women's Day, South Bank Centre, London, Mar 2016
     

  • Layers Women's Equality Party, London, Mar 2016
     

  • Telling Stories Photomonth Festival, Rich Mix, London, Nov 2015
     

  • 125LIVE Drays Walk Gallery, Truman’s Brewery, London, Oct 2015
     

  • The story within Piazza Covent Garden, London, Aug 2015
     

  • Woman Rele Gallery, Lagos, Mar 2015
     

  • Retrospect Temple Muse Gallery, Lagos, Nov 2014
     

  • New Africa Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, Jan 2014
     

  • Fashion meets Art Drays Walk Gallery, Truman’s Brewery, London, Sep 2013

About the artist


Àsìkò is a visual artist who expresses his ideas through photography and mixed media. He was born in London, England and spent his formative years in Lagos, Nigeria and adolescence in London. Àsìkò’s work is constructed in the narrative that straddles between fantasy and reality as a response to his experiences of identity, culture and heritage.


Àsìkò currently works in London and Nigeria. In addition to art gallery and exhibition participation, Àsìkò does portraiture work for clients in the fashion, entertainment and music industries.

Sources of inspiration


Àsìkò is deeply inspired by his African culture and the beauty it represents in the world.
 

As part of his personal journey of self-discovery, he unpacks his culture and heritage through his work. The influences of Àsìkò’s Nigerian and European background play a crucial role in informing his visual voice and aesthetic.


Àsìkò’s photographs resonate with emotions and elements of his past, exploring his roots as an African and his connection to the contemporary world.

Starting out in photography, Àsìkò’s work was inspired by the works of prolific photographers Tim Walker, Sarah Moon and Paolo Roversi. They influenced the whimsical nature and story telling elements of his work.

 

Visually celebrating womanhood

Interested in exploring beauty imbued within black women and how strength plays a part in their portrayal, Àsìkò started to explore womanhood from the recollection of a childhood memory.


Àsìkò’s Adorned series is inspired by a woman he came across at his grandmother’s funeral, whom he describes as "tall, dark, with fierceness in her disposition". The woman seemed to be quite important as everyone at the funeral seemed to revere her. She was layered in jewellery of different textures and sizes. Àsìkò believes that this encounter formed the aesthetic basis for the Adorned project.
 

From this point on Àsìkò decided to start exploring womanhood, female archetypes and their confluence with identity and culture, and in particular, African culture.


Going forward


 ‘’One of the reasons I create images is to represent my African aesthetic in a positive light. My aim is to contribute to the changing narrative of the beauty of being African.” - Àsìkò