Most people are not aware that former Kennis Music signee, Adewale Lawanson Junior, better known as Minjin, is also a painter.

In a recent chat with TheCable Lifestyle, the singer says he has been painting for years but music had taken much of his time and energy.

Minjin explains: “I have been painting since 2006, but music has taken all my time and attention until recently. When you have something inside you, it will always come out one way or the other.

“When I decided to take it seriously, I began to attend exhibitions. At the moment, I have people who are interested in my paintings, I have my own studio now and I am doing my exhibition before the year runs out.

“I will be collaborating with 6ix Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos. Fans will have an opportunity to interact with me and I will engage in live paintings as well.”

Admitting that it is hard to stay focused while painting a naked woman, Minjin says he tries to get the job done.

He said married men find it difficult to allow their wives get naked portraits while likening the job of a painter to that of a doctor.

“Most men don’t feel secure when their wives or women are around artists. But our job is not different from a doctor,” he said.

“You cannot say because a doctor will see your wife’s nakedness, he must not attend to her. Also, the doctor must behave himself regardless of what comes to his mind.

“I am used to seeing naked women and it is not because I enjoy seeing them. My job requires me to do so for me to bring out an unbelievable image.

“I am a man too; I get moved when I see naked women, but it doesn’t mean I don’t get the job done.”

Minjin says although he does all kinds of paintings, his strength is expressionism.

“I work with my imagination a lot and what I see around. In my art, I try to depict African culture because it is where I am from. If I showcase Africa, people will understand where I am coming and appreciate me,” he added.



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