ajamu kojo
PAINTINGSWORKS ON PAPER
AJAMU KOJO

Current Statement

“One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks this passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone. For basically painting is idiocy.”
~Gerhard Richter

My work takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues through story; slices of life and moments of voyeurism.

How do you act when no one else is looking? How do you hold yourself? How does one hold their face?

Often times these themes are approached through a sense of irony by way of the juxtaposed imagery.

All of my works are in some way linked by recurring formal concerns through the subject matter. The composition is of course influenced by said subject matter.

Each series often consists of multiple works, often in the same range of medium, grouped around specific themes and meanings. Through research and production new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work.