Oklahoma Baptist University

Senior Art Student Creates Through Emotion

Oklahoma Baptist University senior art major Olasubomi Bashorun uses painting to work through life's hardships. Art is a form of escape and freedom for Bashorun. The 23-year-old from Lagos, Nigeria, is showcasing his work in the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art at St. Gregory's University through April 18.

OBU is hosting a series of senior art shows throughout the spring semester depicting each artist's favorite pieces in accordance with their chosen theme. Bashorun's show is titled, "The Life of a Man is What Creates the Artist, Welcome to My Life."


Senior art major Olasubomi Bashorun is showcasing his work, titled "The Life of a Man is What Creates the Artist, Welcome to My Life," in the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art at St. Gregory's University through April 18.

"The theme is about me allowing people to know who I am through my show," Bashorun said. "I unmask myself, showing the viewers my thoughts, my struggles and my temptations, the ugly and the good."

Art is a form of release for Bashorun. Finding a way to express what one is feeling is sometimes too difficult to express in words, but he has discovered using another channel can be just as freeing.

"I'm not one to talk about my pain and battles, but at the same time I must release them, otherwise I would lose myself," Bashorun said. "Art to me is about releasing emotions and suppressed feelings, so I paint, I write, I create."

Bashorun has been using art as therapy his whole life. The majority of his show pieces are done with acrylic paint.

"I paint because it's loose, it's free, and it dances with me," Bashorun said.

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