Kelani Abass’ work probes the difficult relations of belonging and identity, as well as investigating the histories of man and machine. Working with a wide range of media, from paint to collage, sound and discarded machine parts, he creates works that are both two and three-dimensional. He also explores the possibilities inherent in painting, photography and printing to engage time and memory. He studied at the Yaba College of Art and Technology, graduating in painting with distinction.
Notable solo exhibitions include If I Could Save Time, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (2016). He has taken part in several group exhibitions in Nigeria and South Africa and has won many awards and prizes including 1st prize in painting of the Caterina de Medici/3rd Black Heritage Prize (2010), and the Yusuf Grillo Award for best painting student at Yaba Tech (2007). He is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists.