January and February saw the rise of Olajumoke Orisaguna. March presents another nobody to star story in Oresegun Olumide.
35 year old Oresegun has come into the limelight for the unbelievable realism of his oil paintings.
Oresegun claims that he uses his art to challenge himself and produce what his community has never set its eyes on.
While speaking to CNN, Oresegun let out that some of his paintings are inspired by legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s line, “Water no get enemy.” This is why in a good number of his paintings we see water as a theme.
“The use of water gives a translucent effect and” he says, and that is “why it’s difficult for many people to do.”
Olumide claims he became interested in art at a tender age of four and started working professionally in 2005.
Olumide studied Fine Art at The Yaba College of Technology and is said to have graduated with distinctions.
He claims his work is a gradual process and that it often takes him about 2 or 3 weeks to finish an individual piece but that depending on the intricacy he’s trying to achieve it could take a couple of months. With the quality of these, 2 or 3 weeks or in some cases months is rather short as many pieces of these quality and detail take years to finish for some.
Oresegun Olumide’s followership is growing rapidly. This time last week he had around 3ooo followers on instagram, today he has 28k followers and without doubt is redefining art one painting at a time.
Check out more of his art on his Instagram page.