Yellow Halos Laud People of the African Diaspora in Akindele John’s Vibrant Portraits — Colossal

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Yellow Halos Laud People of the African Diaspora in Akindele John’s Vibrant Portraits — Colossal




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#Akindele John
#diaspora
#painting
#portraits

March 12, 2023

Grace Ebert

A vibrant painted portrait of two women with a yellow halo encircling their faces

All images © Akindele John, shared with permission

Nigerian artist Akindele John harbors a profound respect for people of the African Diaspora, which he exemplifies in his vivid, celebratory portraiture. Working in oil on canvas, the artist centers on figures who offer insight into diasporic lineages, as he intertwines historic elements with that of the present day. “My subjects are based on African old ways,” he tells Colossal. “They are real people that tell a story about the African diaspora.”

Often overlaid with ornate botanical motifs or embedded with patterns, the portraits are vibrant and regal and tend to portray figures in moments of contemplation. Yellow halos encircle their faces, elevating each to a position of spiritual wisdom and regard. John shares that he’s drawn to the contrasts within compositions and contemporary interpretations of chiaroscuro, particularly the work of photographer Maria Presser.

The artist is represented by Genre: Urban Arts and frequently shares glimpses into his process and studio on Instagram.

 

A vibrant painted portrait of a lounging woman with a yellow halo encircling her face

A vibrant painted portrait of a woman with a yellow halo encircling her face

On left, a vibrant painted portrait of a shirtless man with a yellow halo encircling his face, on right, A vibrant painted portrait of two woman holding candles with halos encircling their faces

A vibrant painted portrait of a man with a yellow halo encircling his face

Two vibrant painted portraits of a woman with a yellow halo encircling her face

A vibrant painted portrait of a man with a yellow halo encircling his face

#Akindele John
#diaspora
#painting
#portraits

 

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