Lola Betiku – better known by the moniker ‘labet’ – is a self-taught Nigerian-British painter based in East London. Her work serves as a figurative and abstract diary that explores themes of identity and representation.
Drawing influence from her Nigerian heritage, her work converses with the ideas of belonging and femininity, which she uses to reflect on how these evolve within cultural and traditional expectations.
Lola’s paintings narrate stories about nostalgia, relationships and interactions within our daily endeavours.
Acrylic on canvas is her main choice of medium when creating her deeply expressive works, with a particular focus on using a vibrant palette of colours as well as bold patterns. Both elements are often used concurrently to explore the emotional complexities and narratives in each painting.