Brampton artist Abiola Idowu will unveil her Excavation collection featuring 22 new paintings in her studio/gallery on June 18th.
  • Brampton artist Abiola Idowu's new Excavation collection will be on display in her studio/gallery beginning June 18 at 5 p.m.

Local artist Abiola Idowu will unveil 22 never-before-seen paintings in his studio/gallery this weekend at 160 Main Street South on Saturday, June 18 between 5-9:30 p.m.

The pieces are part of his “Excavation” collection which he has been working on throughout the past year.

Idowu says the idea for the paintings came as the COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions began to ease and he noticed people had lost confidence in themselves and their self-esteem. He says helping people embrace their inner gifts and talents is something he wanted to do even before the pandemic.

“Excavation is digging deep. Don’t look at the periphery. There are a lot of treasures inside you that you could discover,” Idowu said.

Idowu, who is the recipient of the City of Brampton’s 2021 Arts Acclaim Award, says he hopes people will be inspired by his art to find the courage to make a difference in their community.

“I just try to challenge people to discover themselves. Let people see solutions through you, solve world problems through your ideas.

Prints from the Excavation collection will be available for purchase, along with the original works.

The unveiling of Idowu’s Excavation collection is presented in collaboration with Canvas Invaders and Behold African Art. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page and its website.

The Idowu Studio/Gallery will also be open on Sunday, June 19 from noon for those who wish to view the paintings, but are unable to attend the event.

To learn more about Idowu’s work, visit his website.