by Ariadna Zierold
Nigerian artist Oresegun Olumide goes beyond realism with his meticulously detailed oil paintings that could easily be mistaken for photographs. Inspired by his immediate environment and the people living around him, whose activities deeply influenced his choice of themes, Olumide eventually started producing art works professionally in 2005. And his chosen medium was oil on canvas.
Notoriously difficult to capture in fine art, water plays a central role in his portraits: each figure is unclothed, allowing Olumide to explore the distinct texture and aesthetic quality of water-on-skin. Olumide’s intention is to communicate the centrality of water in everyday terms.
“Many do not think of appreciating water. Every day, everybody touches water but nobody thinks of creating something about it. That was the challenge I took and decided to do series of water-on-body art works.”