Babatola “Tola” Oguntoyinbo is a painter who develops his paintings using a layering process that allows his work to evolve on the painting surface over time. His pieces are not, for the most part, abstract works. Each piece will have a theme and a story behind them – headlined by the titles of the works. Most importantly, he doesn’t start his paintings with any sense of a story or theme in mind. Tola starts with working through his repeatable process and eventually through that the structure, composition, color, and theme will align enough for the finished piece to sit on – like the four legs of a stool. When you get up close to his works, the texture you’ll notice is evidence of his process and how he develops the structure of his work over time. Most of his pieces are developed over 40 or 50 layers, some works take more than 100 (sometimes the legs of the stool don’t want to work together right away). He takes a picture of each layer of a piece so you can see for yourself how it eveloved
Tola currently lives in Chapel Hill NC. He has 3 children, is currently the founder of a company called Shinebig.com, and on the Executive Committee of the Chapel Hill Chamber. He attended undergraduate (interdisciplinary Studies ’96) and graduate school (Journalism and Media, ’06) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s been painting for about 30 years.