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Building up his art portfolio at Barking & Dagenham College

Former Barking & Dagenham College (@BarkingCollege) art and design student Emmanuel Oreyeni (@oreyeni_arts) has seen his art appear across a new building site. 

Emmanuel, who studied at Barking & Dagenham College was invited by Barking Riverside Ltd to produce some bespoke artwork for The Wilds at Barking Riverside.    

Delighted to be asked, Emmanuel set about coming up with designs for the project and as a result produced a series of pieces, based around the theme, nature.  The designs were a hit and they are now proudly being displayed on the hoardings of The Wilds at Northgate Road. 

Speaking about his creations, Emmanuel says:

“I decided to base my work around nature.  Throughout my designs, you will see mother nature’s footprint.”

He has used black and white and then added touches of primary and secondary colours, giving the images a very bold look which work really well repeated on the large hoardings. 

Emmanuel is certainly building an impressive work portfolio for himself. Earlier this year he was also worked with another local company, Be First.  The company had been running a design competition with a local school and needed an artist to bring the winning designs to life at their latest building site.  He was glad to help and loved seeing how the finished designs looked.  This latest project for Barking Riverside Ltd, is yet another accomplishment Emmanuel can add to his list. 

Having been passionate about art since a young age, Emmanuel is deservedly proud of what he has achieved.  He says: “When I tell people about the work I’ve done and then they ask me my age they’re always really surprised with what I’ve already managed to do.  I’ve always believed you have to try and make opportunities for yourself, things don’t always just come to you, you have to work for them, and this is what I am doing.” 

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