Tangle | African & Caribbean Theatre

International Theatre for Local People
Tangle is South West England’s African Caribbean Theatre Company. We celebrate the work of artists of African, Caribbean and more than 50 other heritages.

Tangle’s 2016 Art Commission by Adébayo Bolaji

Our 2016 art commission by multidisciplinary artist Adébayo Bolaji.

Adébayo’s work addresses human observation, race, the psychological and anthropological. A self-taught fine artist, who drew throughout his teens and early twenties, Adébayo was later influenced by the aspirations of Francis Bacon, Basquiat, Dubuffet,Twombly and poet Allen Ginsberg.

He works mainly in the painting tradition, using acrylic, oil pastels and ink as his primary components. A lot of his work is instinctive, a constant visual conversation where each line, colour or thought (words if necessary) respond to each other in the moment until (as he explains) ‘the story is finished’.

Click the gallery below to see the work Adébayo created whilst under commission by Tangle.

In Adébayo’s own words, “I like to deal with the observational, I’m interested in people, I like people – I like things. I think it is important to see the beauty in everything – to see how even the unnecessary becomes necessary by virtue of no longer being needed – this is the beauty of process. I learned this as a director for theatre and law student – a sort of cross examination and researching, only this time with visuals, thus one becomes confident with what is left-  you feel justified

Each year we commission an emerging artist from the diaspora to create a bespoke piece at Guest Projects, dedicated to our Patron, renowned conceptual artist Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA). Adébayo’s work was exhibited as part of Tangle Café on Friday 28th October 2016 @ Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects.

Adébayo’s work was exhibited as part of Tangle Café on Friday 28th October 2016 @ Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects. Much of it was created during rehearsals for Towards The Sun.

Adébayo Bolaji under commission by Tangle.