triBBBal Artist Spotlight: Exploring the Artistic Odyssey of Blessing Adu

In this article, we explore the captivating world of Blessing Adu, a Nigerian artist, who defies conventional categorization with his unique and diverse blend of influences and experiences. His vibrant and colorful paintings feature black identities and cultures, showcasing black African men and women seeking cultural liberation. He employs an intriguing technique of breaking and mending the skin of his models. Through his art, Blessing aims to connect with viewers and provide a healing process and a means to mend their own brokenness. His work is beautiful, thought-provoking, and invites introspection and discovery.


Blessing Adu's work is a unique and diverse blend of different influences and experiences. His work defies conventional categorization and invites us to embark on a transformative voyage of introspection and discovery. He is a master of detail and craftsmanship, and his work is a window into his unique perspective. With a keen eye for detail and an unyielding commitment to craftsmanship, this artist masterfully captures the essence of his subjects. He is also an alchemist of artistic expression, seamlessly blending different mediums to create a symphony of sensations that transcends the boundaries of our imagination.


Artist Bio:

Blessing Adu is an artist who lives in Nigeria and is known for his vibrant and colorful paintings. His art was inspired by his passion for art from his childhood. In 2021, Blessing graduated from Lagos State University of Science and Technology.

His artwork emphasizes the promotion of black identities and cultures in both modern and historical contexts. His narrative contains unique depictions of black African men and women seeking cultural liberation. His themes and techniques remain a combination of classicism and stylization. He communicates with the feeling of viewers through his distinctive style. While he stitches the faces of the people, he applies acrylic paint to canvas in saturated, brilliant, and vivid hues.

                                                           A picture of Blessing Adu


Question and Answer with Blessing Adu

Q1. How did your artistic journey begin? What factors influenced your decision to pursue art?

I have been on my artistic journey since a young age. I would draw in the back of my schoolbooks to the point of getting punished for it. I was also inspired by the roadside artists I passed on my way to school, and I wondered how they could create such beautiful paintings. This was one of the factors that motivated me to pursue art.

                                                           Passion is our fiery blood, passion is the love we share
                                                                        Title: Passion 1                                                             
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Q2. Are there any particular artists that have influenced your artistic Journey?

The likes of Yemi Bell (my late teacher), Abiodun Olakun, Ibe Abanaba, Oyekale Segun, Samson Bakare, and other artist colleagues had made several influences on my journey as an artist.

Q3. Walk us through your creative process. Are there any routines that help you tap into creativity?

I find inspiration in the everyday activities of people, such as surfing the internet, taking a quiet moment, and so on.

Q4. What artistic style and techniques do you use in creating your artwork?

 My artistic style is a unique one whereby I break the skin of my model and then mend them by stitching some areas back. It has its meaning as I try to portray life as it is. Everyone has a bit of brokenness in them (such as pain, sorrow, death of loved ones, money included) and we all have ways in which to mend them by getting solutions and trying to move on. And that is what my stitching tries to portray.

                                                 I’m the abandoned lover
                                                                              Title: Deserted Love
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Q5. What role do you believe your art plays in society?

My Art plays a versatile role in the community because it offers a healing process and a means to mend individual brokenness. It also helps to relax. My art portrays what human life is all about thereby people can connect to it.

Q6. Do you have a favorite piece or project that you've worked on? What makes it special to you, and what was the inspiration behind it?

All my artworks become my favorite immediately after I’m done with them.

Q7.What do you hope viewers take away from your art?

I hope that my art will resonate with people on a deep level, allowing them to connect with their inner brokenness and find a source of healing.
                                                        I search to find the path of light.                                                                                                                                                            Title: Soul Finder 

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Blessing Adu is a talented artist who is making a significant contribution to the world of art. His work is beautiful, thought-provoking, and important. I am confident that he will continue to produce groundbreaking work in the years to come.

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