Kelani Abass lives and works in Lagos, he studied Fine Art majoring in Painting at Yaba College Of Technology, Lagos, and graduated with a distinction. His flair for Art was discovered at a tender age by his Printer Father who encouraged him with unlimited supply of materials; offcut papers, printing inks etc, such access and exposure to various coloured materials enabled him to weave them into beautiful collage formations, cards, toys, matt designs and drawings.
He has had two solo exhibitions and participated in several workshops, group and joint exhibitions including a 2 Week Residency Programme by CCA Lagos and Triangle Workshop, Alakuko, Lagos in 2010.
He won the first prize Award in the Caterina de Medici, Italy/ Lagos Black Heritage International Painting Competition in 2010.
His last exhibition Man and Machine was influenced by his experience in his father’s printing press, from where his works began to question the complex interaction between West society and Africa; the use of newspaper tabloids as a tool of suppression using printing as a medium. He uses machine parts as a metaphor observing the way machines operate as different parts, to achieve a common goal. He laid emphasis on the mechanism of wheels as singular units, as they propel movement in machines, all working together to achieve a common end which illustratively reflects the basic need for individuals to work together as one with combinative efforts.