Kelvin OkaforBorn in Tottenham 1985, multi-award winning artist Kelvin Okafor’s meteoric rise to acclaim has been well noted in the UK’s media. His stunningly executed portraits are sought after by collectors and celebrities worldwide. This debut solo exhibition of 28 portraits will be on show throughout May at Albemarle Gallery.
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.
view the exhibition catalogue online
Signed copies are available for purchase at a price of £25 plus p&p. (Unsigned £15 plus p&p)
Portrait commissions undertaken on request. Please contact the gallery.
cv / exhibition history / awards
City & Guilds of London Art School Foundation Art & Design
Middlesex University BA Fine Art
Albemarle Gallery, London
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
Cork Street Open Exhibition
Winner Runner Up Best of Show with “Timeless (Jamal)”
Cork Street, London
National Open Art Competition
Visitors’ Choice Award with “Adam”
Watercolour + Works on Paper selected works at The Science Museum, London
Chichester at Pallant House (Winners only)
The Prince's Foundation Gallery in Hoxton
Chichester at The Minerva Theatre
“Drawings” Exhibition at 100 Clements Road, London
The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
E17 Art Trail
Pictorem Gallery, London
Middlesex University Fine Art Degree Show
Exhibition of final year student art:
Cat Hill Campus
Old Truman Brewery