Joan Mitchell Center

Hakeem Olayinka

Purchase, New York
Painting
Early Art Practitioner AIR
July 1–26
Instagram @heemladream

“Through my work, I’m trying to express feelings that are hard for me to explain out loud. Although I often don’t specify exactly what my emotions are directed towards, my pieces express the feelings I’m projecting, using color and figures that personify these attitudes.”

Hakeem Olayinka is a Washington, DC, native visual artist. He got his high school education from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he acquired the confidence to pursue his artistic endeavors and continue his formal education in the visual arts. Experimentation is one of Hakeem’s strong suits, and he works with many different mediums, using a wide range of artistic practices including painting, sculpture, and performance. His work draws on emotions of defeat, anger, and frustrations in his personal life that relate to the black experience in America. Hakeem is currently pursuing his BFA in Painting and Drawing/Sculpture at SUNY Purchase (graduating Fall 2019).

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Masked Date

Masked Date

2018, oil and acrylic paint on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Just Walking Here

Just Walking Here

2018, paper, ink pen and pencil, 12 x 16 inches

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

2018

Red Room Date

Red Room Date

2018

Try not to worry about it

Try not to worry about it

2017, oil on canvas, 7 x 5 feet

Untitled

Untitled

2019, stuffed doll mannequin

We're still here

We're still here

2019, stuffed fabric

On The Shelf

On The Shelf

2019, painted wood, plaster