Dennis is a mixed media artist whose work revolves around dismantling preconceived notions of what African art is “supposed” to be. Under the coined term Neo-Africa, there is an intentional juxtaposition of techniques, themes, and icons to present viewers with a reimagined view of Africa. In Dennis’ hands, art emanating from the continent refuses to be exoticized through the Western gaze and stuck in the colonialist narrative. Instead, it fully acknowledges the influence of an increasingly globalized society, where education, experience and ambitions are not bound by borders. It also highlights the accomplishments by the diaspora, which has had a hand in leading change in culture and technology.
Dennis' practice often takes a playful perspective towards icons, whether it be famous artworks or cultural symbols, in order to question and provoke thoughts from the viewer. His approach reframes them using pop culture references and then draws a through-line to his cultural roots. We also see this juxtaposition within his crafts — combining digital print with acrylic painting to create a new form of post-pop art that seamlessly blends the new and the old. And within the pop of colors and crisp lines you can easily spot recurring symbols that allude to his roots from the mask inspired by features of traditional Yoruba mask design, to intricate patterns and narratives.