Tuesday, September 22, 2009

AFRO HEADGEAR I, 10" x 8", oil sketch on canvas board, 2009

This is a new series I am embarking upon. It is all about the beauty, elegance and variety of African Headgears. There are so many different types from different cultures and countries in the rich continent of Africa and I will be using the medium of drawing, painting and sculpture to get this series going.



My first series just takes me out of the blocks. The model is my cousins wife. On the day of her daughters naming ceremony she was decked with "asho oke"- a very traditional garment worn by Yoruba's from Nigeria on special occasions. But what attracted me most was her "gele" (head gear/head tie) it had a sort of hanging feel to it at the back and that's where I concentrated most of my heavy textures on.

To execute this piece I have used an oil wash for skin and mostly quick applications oil paint in impasto for the textures of the head gear.

12 comments:

dominique eichi said...

very attractive piece.

adebanji said...

Thanks Dominique!

Edward Burton said...

Very beautiful, Adebanji - well done!

adebanji said...

Thanks Edward!

Art with Liz said...

Oh Adebanji this is so lovely and it's so nice to see the beautiful people of my continent portrayed like this.

adebanji said...

Thanks Liz! Stay tuned more are coming!

Priti said...

I look forward to following all the painting in this series. This one is beautiful, i like the way you painted the the person differently from the headgear and the background.

adebanji said...

Thanks Priti!

Myne Whitman said...

This is a nice series, I look forward to the others. As always you capture essence with your drawing.

adebanji said...

Thanks Myne! I'm sure you'll enjoy the rest of the series!

AC said...

This work is very nice.
I am looking forward for this series.

adebanji said...

Thanks AC!