Joseph Beuys once said, “Everyone is an artist.” In this sense, “everyone is an artist” means that everyone can and needs to be creative. For Beuys, he word artist described the essence of what it means to be a human being: the deep need and fundamental ability to create and be creative.
We believe that a range of diverse thinking, perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds is what makes humanity’s progress in creativity and art possible. On a quest to make art accessible for everyone and to bring more neuro-diversity into our community, we established a partnership with Creativity Explored, a studio-based collective in San Francisco that partners with people with developmental disabilities to celebrate and nurture the creative potential in all of us. Founded in 1983 by a psychologist and an artist, CE has facilitated the careers of hundreds of artists and serves as a model in the field of art and disability worldwide. We think they bring a unique kind of creative energy to the community, and we're here for it! We’re therefore proud to contribute to their mission through having commissioned art for previous articles, by supporting initiatives like their Art Changes Lives gala, and, as part of this series of interviews, having a chat with Creativity Explored artist, Joseph.
Joseph Omolayole has been an artist at Creativity Explored since 2016. Omolayole studied Fashion Merchandising at Skyline College and seamlessly merges art, architecture, and fashion in his illustrations and designs. Since sheltering in place, he’s been designing, draping, and assembling his own garments in his bedroom—his pieces will debut on the runway at the Museum of Craft and Design in Fall 2021.
Omolayole has a rich traditional 2D practice, applying his love for fashion to his artwork. He draws and paints freehand with marker, colored pencil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper to create "visually compelling” patterned work. His work is then printed onto fabrics which he uses to create unique “eye catching” clothing.
Omolayole has also been an integral part of CE’s Black artist group, which will debut their first show, titled Blackiful, on June 19th, 2021.