O. Yemi Tubi
‘PETROLEUM OIL: Africans' Wealth and Woe’, 2015
Painting, Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm
O. Yemi Tubi - An Artist and Advocate for the world’s Peace. Most of his recent paintings were influenced by the political
and social upheaval of our world today and the works of the Renaissance artists. He does not like artworks just for
decoration but to evoke feelings. He uses his works to speak passionately about the issues that touch his heart.
Exchange of missiles of words between President Donald Trump of America and Kim Jong Hu of North Korea provoked
him to do the painting “The Chickens’ Fight.” He uses my painting “African’t” to speak about the exploitation of African
nations. The Painting depicts paradoxical poverty and the riches of Africa. His work, “The Fishers of Men” is about the
horror of refugees drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. He desires his portrait paintings to be uniquely creative. He likes
to use the portrait paintings to tell the stories about his subjects as he did with the portrait of Professor Wole Soyinka,
1986 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature in painting “SOYINKA: A Literary Icon” in which he used books and flowing letters to create the portrait Life is roses and thorns; sometimes it emanates sweet aroma of pleasantness and sometimes it pricks and causes pains. O. Yemi adopts Roses and Thorns to speak about the facts of life in some of my paintings. My paintings, “The Bleeding Roses”, “Domestic Abuse” and Sensuality1: Pain and Pleasure are few of his paintings in my Roses and Thorns series; in which the main objects of the paintings are roses and stems woven into human figures. In recent years, he has used his paintings to speak about the glooms and dooms of the world around us. In spite of the despondency and challenges part of life, there is a rosy side of life as well. In his painting “The Rosy Seasons of Life” he chose an optimistic look of life to celebrate a rosy side of life O. Yemi’s works have been published in some Newspapers, Magazines and art books. His works were published in 2019 ART Habens Art Review, Biennial Edition published in Issue Vol. 49; 2019 MURZE Arts Magazine; Issue 4, January/February Issue 2019 and 2019 Quotes: Inspirational Quotations / Creative Responses’ book. In the year 2018, his work was published in Arte Salerno International art Prize December 2018 and 2018 Art International Contemporary Magazine Issue #6 Nov./Dec. 2018. His works were also published in 2018 ART tour International Magazine ATIM’S Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art. Fine Art America published O.Yemi’s winning works in 2017 www.Huffingtonpost.com. “World’s Best political Painters” and “World’s Best celebrity Portrait Artists.” O. Yemi’s work “OIL: Africans’ Wealth and Woe” was published in 2017 ArtTour International Fall Issue - Artists for a Green Planet. O. Yemi’s interview and some of his was published in Africa.com. O. Yemi is a member of the Fine Art America, the Society of All Artists, AERA–the Association Embracing Realistic Art Circle Foundation for the arts and WCA- World Citizen Artists.
About the work:
As in many African countries, Nigeria is rich in agricultural products and many natural resources. Before the advent of petroleum oil cocoa, coffee, groundnuts, palm oil and other agricultural products were the main sources of Nigeria’s wealth. Since the early 1970s, the petroleum oil boom era, the Nigerian government’s attention has concentrated mainly on oil and the revenue it generates. Very few Nigerians have become very wealthy through oil money while oil pollution of air, water and farmlands has made very many Nigerians extremely poor. This is what influenced O. Yemi’s painting –“Oil: Africans’ Wealth and Woes” As an artist who originated from Nigeria, O. Yemi was moved by the plight of his people from Niger Delta in Nigeria where oil pollution affects the lives and livelihood of the people. In developing this idea, he puts some of the images he found online together graphically on his computer. He started to use ‘subtractive’ painting, a technique used by many illustrators in various ways. He did a very finished pencil drawing then coated the drawing with oil. This requires very little opaque work as the half-tone drawing beneath is similar to a tinted photo he was using as a reference. After the well-detailed drawing, he started to apply colours to the painting. He started from the top painting the sky with cyan blue and white colours which he later went over with black and white colours to turn the beautiful sky to grey in order to reflect the polluted air produced by thick smoke emitting from the burst oil pipe from the far left of the painting. Under the polluted air, he painted a rusty-roof shack village to show the level of poverty of the people living in the oil-rich part of the country with some of the fishermen boats stationed idle at the bank of the oil-polluted river and in the foreground are the children fetching water and drinking water from the polluted river.
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