Art Review: The Incredible Sketches Of Nigerian Artist, Kelvin Okafor

We recently stumbled across some of his sketches on Tumblrand even though we had previously featured him in our “Hot Topics Of The Day!” section under breaking news, we actually thought they were actual pictures done in black & white. These are simply breathtakingly amazing.

Kelvin Okafor is a graduate of Fine Art, Middlesex University. He is 27 years old and making waves across the world with his pencil drawings that look like photographs. Kelvin Okafor creates each piece only in black and white, using graphite pencils, charcoal, and black coloured pencil.

Kelvin Okafor

He has exhibited at numerous major art galleries and won several national awards for his remarkable work. His work was recently on display at the TheWatercolours + Works on Paper Fair at the London Science Museum until February 3, some of his pieces going for £10,000.

Kelvin, who sometimes works for 4 hours per piece, writes on his blog: “I aspire to create art as vivid as eyes could see. I want my drawings to prompt an emotional response, making viewers feel as though they are looking at a real live subject. I’ve always been creative, but fell in love with using pencils in particular. It amazed me, that with only one shade of lead, you can create so many tones and textures, and almost create the illusion of colour. It was only when my images started to create a buzz with other Middlesex University students that I realized their impact.”

Kelvin, who was recently on BBC Africa, says his story is that he was too poor to socialize. There was simply no money to spend on trips and clubbing and drinks, so he ended up spending a lot of time alone. Thus began his sojourn into the world of art. Perhaps, poverty also kept him from drug abuse as well, which was rife in that neighbourhood. So he turned his misfortune around and spent his time perfecting his skills.

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The Evolution Of Mana (One Of His Portraits)
This is his step-by-step pictorial description of one of his drawings. He does this for every drawing.

For more of his works visit his blog
Facebook – Kelvin Okafor Art
Twitter – @Kokaforart


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