The ways of art will always be strange to the mere eyes and as a great lover of art, the moment I saw this work as painting, i opened my mouth for a pretty long time, and thought, NO WAY! Not to say my eyes are mere, but this guy could’ve fooled Picasso!
So, Yes way. This oil painting is painted by Oresegun Olumide, a student of Yabatech, and i think Yabatech is really producing great artiste. Going through Olumide’s Facebook to get more photo for you guys to drool over as I am drooling, all I was seeing was all shades of awesomeness of how a guy uses his hands to bring humans to life through painting!
I really love a lot of things about these paintings, one of which is the water effect. How he makes water come out so real, the realistic effect it has on the hair of the children, and the realistic scenes he paints are just mind blowing!
I can easily relate with these painting because as a child I bathed outside like Kilode! And it was fun all the way! So seeing these paintings bring nothing but the good old days when we were young and innocent, threw cautions to the wind for adult to catch because we can’t come and kill ourselves being serious!
And then there are the children helping with family chores and business of peeling off the cover of maize, the little girl bathing her little brother, the naked women in the river, the young girls in their not so tidy rooms reading, the realness of the naked chic bathing happily and appreciating every ounce of herself, and the lady sleeping with no care in the world, even though she might wake up the next moment to face her million and one problems.
These scenes one way or the other resonates to almost everyone of us, especially when you didn’t grow up with any silver spoon. The expressions on the faces of these characters are priceless and for an artiste to paint what a camera sometimes finds hard to capture give extra credit to the painter, who in my opinion is super detailed!
For me, the highlight of this picture is not just its reality, but the fact that this writer didn’t just properly depict a kid from the ghetto, he uses paintings to shows our perfects imperfections, bringing to us suppressed memories of who we were anda who we are.
He brings to us our beauty that is not the conventional beauty the society knows, but how every imperfection was so perfect and beautifully complements other features we have.
I love this work because i can relate with almost every of the scenes created aside from having weaves as a child because my father ensures we go on low cut as children, and bathing in the river, which i intend to try out soon. But from these paintings, remembering who I was, and how playful I was, I wish I can play as the kids were doing in the rain and the painter gets to paint me while I’m at it!