Sanity Through Repetition

Sanity Through Repetition

A Solo Exhibition

With work described as storybook realism, combining graffiti with pop art and blurring the boundaries of traditional 19th century portrait photography with popular cartoon imagery, the London-based artist joins the lineage of other pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Claes Oldenburg.

Much of Opake’s art takes its inspiration from this dark and compulsive shadow that dominated his early life: “I realised my art could be my addiction,” he says. “Being obsessive-compulsive, becoming addicted to things — if you can channel that into something creative instead of something harmful, you can be so powerful. To me, an addictive personality can be a superpower if you can harness it in a positive way,” he reflects. “There was a time when I managed to take drugs and drink every single day. I had nothing, but I still managed to get those things because I would go to any length. I have the ability to get what I want when I put my mind to it. That to me is like a superpower, and if you put that kind of addictive superpower and transfer it somewhere else, it’s unfathomable the amount that you can achieve.”

It’s important to note that the young people who attended the exhibition that day were all female with very different life experiences to Ed. They haven’t suffered with addiction, but each will have their own individual set of problems and trauma.

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