Bolaji is a self-taught artist and came to work with the medium of paint later on in his acting career. His work as a painter was originally influenced by the likes of Francis Bacon, Dubuffet and Jean-Michel Basquiat, working mainly with acrylic, oil and oil stick. In his own words:
“Painting for me, can very much be like improvisation or devising in the theatre. One puts an idea of a kind down and one responds (truthfully) to it … It’s a constant conversation a visual dialogue with the subject matter always at the centre, until one arrives at the image which arguably has always been there since, I am always asking myself what is necessary … Or responding honestly (as best as I can) to each part. Consequently, I arrive at the final image and know my part of the conversation is done, it’s now left for others to view it and have their own opinion/dialogue … Irrespective of mine.”
In 2016 Bolaji was chosen as Tangle’s commissioned artist for Yinka Shonibare’s MBE renowned Guest Projects Space, in Hackney London, for emerging artists, subsequently Bolaji was selected to show his works at long standing contemporary gallery Galerie Proarta, in Zürich Switzerland.