March 2021.
Location: Lagos

Sgraffito on Stoneware Clay

They say it can all be told
Simply by look into someone’s face
Pain, love, happiness and sadness
Like the beauty that resides in the eyes of the beholder.

The method of execution of this work is sgraffito on clay .


22.5 x 18.5 cm 

clay, sgraffito, African Indigenous Cultures, African symbols



Azeez Afeez Olamilekan, popularly known as Adeoti by his colleagues and family, was born in Lagos in the 90's, he is a native of Iseyin, Oyo state, Nigeria. He obtained his ordinary national diploma (OND) in general art in 2017 from the prestigious Yaba College of Technology, then majored in ceramics for his higher national diploma (HND) from the same school and graduated in 2019 with a distinction in ceramics design. He participated in the convergence exhibition of the Oyo State Council for Art and Culture 2019, also the "Beyond the Border" first online international ceramic art exhibition 2020. He is into pottery and works with different form of pottery and ceramic objects. Azeez pays attention to the expression on people's face which inspire most of his digital drawings, helping him to explore a different dimension of art. His work has been sold in Nigeria and overseas.

Artist Statement

“I am a potter. I believe in the beauty of handmade objects. This allows me to explore notions of beauty and cultivate a sense of order.

When I first started using clay as a creative vehicle, I did not realize that I had just stepped into great knowledge teaming with dynamism. I was in my OND days, and clay was one of the last mediums I was interested in. While I was pursuing an art degree, clay seemed like it was always pulling at me. Each time I work with clay on the potter’s wheel I was able to gain a stronger sense of who I was without trying to express myself too directly in the medium. This unintentional process continues in the studio to this day. I have learned to accept it as an instinctive method, not to be interrupted or forced, but to be nurtured, explored and capitalized upon. Many of the motifs I use are adapted from Africa indigenous cultures and symbols, this which I used to reflect life into my works. I used my work as a mirror that reflects our society.”

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