NIK OLAJUWON // Dichotomy
Opening Friday, January 6th 2016 @ 6pm
Nik Olajuwon was very creative at a young age. The things and situations he has seen, from California to Florida, and everything in between has shaped his view on this world. This includes being a victim of the Kids for Cash scandal, where a Wilkes-Barre judge was incarcerating kids on menial offenses. Olajuwon loved art class in elementary school, and there is where he said he felt the most free.
Olajuwon attended L.C.C.C. art school, as well as earned an art certification in Glen Mills. He furthered his education in art and knowledge of social issues by self-teaching, especially when dealing with his paintings subjects.
Olajuwon loves dichotomies in nature. He hasn’t pursued much in terms of schooling as he doesn’t want to have any influences in his style of painting that may stray him from what he really enjoys. Olajuwon is quoted as saying “if I can move someone in any way, my job has been completed”.
Olajuwon is influenced by numerous artists including Francisco Goya, Francis Bacon, Jean Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, and George Condo. His goal when creating art is to open the eyes of the viewer, to make the feel something, whether it be sad, enlightened, angry, happy, or disturbed.
He has showed in galleries such as Art on Main, in Pittston, PA, as well as Barrel 135 in Williamsport, PA.
Dichotomy, by Nik Olajuwon, pictured above.