- Dotun Popoola is a Nigerian artist who builds artistic life-sized art pieces out of scrap metal
- For his remarkable artworks, the man who lives in Ile-Ife has been recognised both home and abroad
- Dotun recently spoke about himself and also revealed the inspiration behind his works
Nigeria's Dotun Popoola is one man that has stood out as an example of a phenomenal artist. Due to the excellence of his artworks, he has been recognised both locally and internationally.
The artist recently spoke about himself in a recent correspondence. As it appears, Dotun who lives in Ile-Ife, Osun state, is 35-years-old. He has a university diploma in painting, general arts and sculpture.
He started using junk metal to build art pieces in 2016. His works are now displayed in various exhibitions across the world.
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With regards to his artwork, Dotun Popoola had this to say: "Most of my sculptures have inspirations and philosophies that guide them. And oftentimes, when I am done with a sculpture, I try to create a philosophy around it that will tell a social story or a folktale."
Dotun also weighed in on Nigerian art in general: "People are now picking up Nigerian art and appreciating the history, the content, the technicalities in the work and the philosophies in Nigerian art. So I feel the response has really changed drastically."
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Recently, a Nigerian female artist named Toyin Ojih Odutola sold an artwork of hers for N215 million. That she could scrap such amount of money from a work of art has surprised many Nigerians.
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