Damilola Oshilaja is a multi-disciplinary artist with a Master of Arts in Fine Art, from University of the Arts, London.  In 2011, Oshilaja was amongst the final collection of eighty-one artists to emerge from the historic Charing Cross Road site of Central Saint Martins College in the heart of London.

Damilola formed Grunge Studios in 1998, and has since had numerous shows in Europe. He has additionally been shortlisted and won a number of awards and honours including The Artists’ and Collectors’ Bursary (UAL).

Born in the London, Damilola Oshilaja is of the People of Ẹgba and Rẹmo, and is a descendant of the House of Odoru (Province of Ogun, Nigeria) - in the lineage of Princess Ibiyemi Odoru-Oșilaja.

With artistic curiosities developing rapidly from age seven, his aspirations were put at risk when aged eleven he was hospitalised suffering from Polio.

It was during this period that Damilola became ferociously committed to materialising his artistic dreams. Four years later, after a full recovery; Oshilaja began his professional career as an apprentice to a well-heeled artist, which led to the establishment of a practice in his own right at seventeen.

Oshilaja lives and works in London, and Stockholm; and grunge arte can be found in different public and private collections around the world.

Grunge Studios is involved with espousing historical core values of fine art through a 21st Century lens, and embodies painting; writing, curatorship, and film.

Since completing the MA in Fine Art, Damilola Oshilaja exhibited in the inaugural edition of The Other Art Fair 2011, an event billed as a showcase of the most talented and emerging artists in the United Kingdom; was appointed Artistic Director for the Nigeria pavilion at The Africa Village in Kensington Gardens, during the Cultural Olympiad in London 2012; and was shortlisted by The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.

 "Arte Grunge™ as a result of my fine art practice expresses gestural principles of painting in a synthesis of iconography, and sculpture in two and three dimensions. It is an art form that originates from the observation of, and interaction between form, the void, and the landscape. My work embraces a trust in flowing paint, intuitive lines, spontaneous and directed gesture, and raw aesthetic symbols and materials." - Damilola Oshilaja

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Arte Grunge

The symbols in my work are codifiers that interact with the viewer on a conscious or sub-conscious level.  The sources are vast and varied as the impetus is primarily about adapting different forms of communication.  Read more




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