|Residence London, England|
|Name Adebayo Bolaji|
|Native name Adebayo Tibabalase Bolaji|
Born 15 May 1983 (age 32) (1983-05-15) Perivale, England
Occupation Actor, Writer & Director
Notable work Ghost The Musical, Skyfall, The Colour Purple, The Scottsboro Boys
Similar People Enoch Frost, Sam Mendes, Tom Hooper
Introducing art by adebayo bolaji
Adebayo Bolaji (born 15 May 1983) is a London-based painter, actor, writer and director.
- Introducing art by adebayo bolaji
- Artist Adebayo Bolaji and TAFETA founder Ayo Adeyinka, discuss new exhibition
- Early life
- Career as an Actor, Director & Writer
- Career as Painter
- Personal life
Artist Adebayo Bolaji and TAFETA founder Ayo Adeyinka, discuss new exhibition
Adebayo Tibabalase Bolaji was born in Perivale in the London Borough of Ealing, of Nigerian parents and is an English actor, writer and director. Bolaji began his acting career when he was 14 with the National Youth Music Theatre making his West End debut in their 1997 production of Bugsy Malone at the Queen's Theatre. With NYMT he performed at the Edinburgh Festival three times, in Tokyo, at the Palace Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre in the West End.
Bolaji graduated from London Guildhall University with a degree in Law but went on to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Career as an Actor, Director & Writer
Bolaji originated the role of the Subway Ghost in the award-winning Ghost the Musical, directed by Matthew Warchus and produced by Colin Ingram. Music and lyrics written by Eurythmics' frontman, Dave Stewart and the Grammy award-winning Glen Ballard. Bolaji appeared in Skyfall directed by the Oscar-winning Sam Mendes, as one of the henchmen of Silva, played by Javier Bardem and was also cast in Tom Hooper's movie version of Les Misérables but had to withdraw due to film schedule conflicts.
In May 2013, Bolaji was cast in the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of The Color Purple and the Young Vic's production of Susan Stroman's London premiere of The Scottsboro Boys.
Bolaji's first play Ugly Butterflies was performed at the Central School of Speech and Drama while still in training. Bolaji's second play, In Bed, was written and produced at The Questors Theatre with Ex Nihilo, the theatre company he set up in 2009.
Career as Painter
Bolaji is a self-taught artist and came to work with the medium of paint later on in his acting career. His work as a painter was originally influenced by the likes of Francis Bacon, Dubuffet and Jean-Michel Basquiat, working mainly with acrylic, oil and oil stick. In his own words:
"Painting for me, can very much be like improvisation or devising in the theatre. One puts an idea of a kind down and one responds (truthfully) to it ... It's a constant conversation a visual dialogue with the subject matter always at the centre, until one arrives at the image which arguably has always been there since, I am always asking myself what is necessary ... Or responding honestly (as best as I can) to each part. Consequently, I arrive at the final image and know my part of the conversation is done, it's now left for others to view it and have their own opinion/dialogue ... Irrespective of mine."
In 2016 Bolaji was chosen as Tangle's commissioned artist for Yinka Shonibare's MBE renowned Guest Projects Space, in Hackney London, for emerging artists, subsequently Bolaji was selected to show his works at long standing contemporary gallery Galerie Proarta, in Zürich Switzerland.
Bolaji currently lives in North London and is a lover of poetry and also a percussionist.