Lawson Oyekan is a British-Nigerian ceramicist born in 1961, famous for his rustic, earthy-looking pieces. Oyekan often leaves his pieces unglazed, evoking natural forms. Many of his pieces are covered in small holes or perforations that enhance their natural appearance. Some of his works resemble vegetal forms such as trees, while others more closely resemble geologic objects, such as coral or fossils. They suggest time, process, and a slow evolution, free from human interference. Still, there is a hint of the human presence in the surfaces of Oyekan’s sculptures, which are often incised with vaguely calligraphic lines. Thus, there is ambiguity and mystery in his work.
He has said, “My intent is to express human endurance and deliver a message of reassurance: that human suffering can be healed.”