Friday, May 9, 2014

LONDON: Kelvin Okafor

Kelvin Okafor, Self Portrait II (Nwanebuni), Graphite, charcoal and black colored pencil on archival paper, 21 x  23 inches.
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Kelvin Okafor | Portraits
May 9 – May 31, 2014

49 Albemarle Street
London, UK


The pursuit of perfection is the main driving force behind Kelvin Okafor's works, not only in the sheer quality of draftsmanship but the ability to evoke an immediate emotional connection between subject and viewer. Okafor is preoccupied in painstakingly capturing and conveying the expressions and gestures of his subjects and is therefore not surprisingly a strong believer in patience being a virtue. The length of time required to create the finished drawing is of far less concern than Okafor’s need to take the work to the highest possible level of execution.

1 comment:

  1. He may be a black artist, but he's an ignorant black artist. Doing a glorified portrait of Mother Theresa, considering all the harm she caused for the people of his heritage (Nigeria), is fundamentally flawed. Technically skilled, but nothing more. Piffle.