Lawson Dokun Oyekan was born in 1961 in England and grew up in Ibadan, son of a Nigerian high court Judge, attended Loyola College, Nigeria, West Africa, returning to England in 1983 to study art where he attended the art foundation course in East Ham. He studied Ceramics at Central School of Art and Design in 1985 and then at the Royal College of Art in London from 1988-1990. He then moved on to making hand built larger, monolithic forms. These constructions include his experiences as a Londoner, as well as an African. His pieces are adorned with piercings and sometimes include text in English or his native language, Yoruba. There is a presence in Oyekan’s forms that speak of his experiences and his upbringing. “My intent is to express human endurance and deliver a message of reassurance: that human suffering can be healed.”
Oyekan has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning the grand prize at the First World Ceramic Biennale in South Korea. He has participated in residencies at the Northern Clay Centre, Minneapolis, USA, The Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust, Dorset, UK, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore.