Oluwakemi Omowaire Oil Painting "Guard Your Heart," 2022
Oluwakemi Omowaire (Nigerian-American, born 1984)
Guard Your Heart, 2022
Oil painting on canvas
Signed and dated to the verso
Title inscribed to the verso
Contemporary artist Oluwakemi Omowaire was born in Nigeria in 1984, and now lives and works in Atlanta. Omowaire is a self-taught artist, though her formal education in psychology is an underlying presence in her creative work. Omowaire describes her art as “a poetic documentary of women.” Her figurative paintings are portraiture of the human condition depicting strength, resilience, faith, and most importantly, courage. Omowaire’s paintings extend beyond the physical qualities of her subjects to the emotional complexity of women’s path to personal liberty. Before moving to the United States, Omowaire was a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists. Since then, her work has been exhibited in Nigeria and the U.S., including the 2018 show The Art of Nigerian Women: Sisters at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
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- small smudges of blue paint to the upper center region of painting; scuffs and spots of white accretions scattered to paint at the corners.