These incredible artworks are drawings not photographs

STAY WITH US TO SEE INCREDIBLE ARTWORKS CREATED WITH CHARCOAL BY BABAJIDE OLATUNJI, THAT HAVE SEMBLANCE WITH PHOTOS

Babajide Olatunji is a young talented and internationally acclaimed artist. At the age of 24 in 2014, TAFETA gallery exhibited Olatunji’s work, Tribal Mark Series I in London, this further ascertains my recent claims about how more than ever before, the creative scene in Nigeria is taking the international path by storm. He is largely inspired by artists from the romantics and renaissance era.

For Olatunji “the rendering process starts with the creative imaginings of the subject, considering personality, character, skin-type and even factoring in medical history in some cases. It involves fashioning a story around them and then drawing desired morphological characteristics from an exhaustive study of faces – to produce unique portraits.
— TAFETA GALLERY

Created with charcoals and pastels, these drawings are surreal. Jide has popularly been dubbed the dancing artist as he creates only with music playing in his studio. The hyper-realist visual artist, has crossed borders severally to New York, Lagos and Dubai. This year, his work was exhibited at the Cape Town Art Fair held from 17-19th February. The artist has extended the tribal mark series from I to IV, an it was this particular series that got people talking.

According to Mutual Art, several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Tribal Marks no. 1' sold at Bonhams New Bond Street 'Africa Now' in 2014 for $8,013. There have been many articles about Babajide Olatunji, including 'Boom time for Nigerian artists as collectors make a beeline' written for South African Art Times in 2015. The graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University,  studied Botany kicked off his career in arts by watching videos on youtube *shamelessly opens app*