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Kip Omolade  New York, NY

'Diovadiova Chrome Tia I'
Oil on canvas
'Diovadiova Chrome Joyce I'
Oil on canvas

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About Kip


Born in Harlem, NY Kip Omolade began his art career as a graffiti artist while interning at Marvel Comics and The Center for African Art. He continued his studies at The Art Students League of New York and earned a BFA at the School of Visual Arts. His paintings have been featured in exhibitions throughout the East Coast.

Kip explains the work by saying, “My Diovadiova Chrome portraits historically connect to ancient, realistic African sculptures such as Benin ivory masks and Ife bronze heads. The oil paintings are psychological studies that investigate immortality, the universal masks we all wear and contemporary notions of beauty and luxury. The labor-intensive process involves making a mold of each model’s face, reworking the cast plaster sculpture, producing a version in resin and adding a chrome layer with artificial eyelashes. The final sculpture then serves as a model for the hyper-realistic oil painting. This technique maintains the likeness qualities of portraiture while re-presenting a mask that serves as a conduit between the spiritual and natural world.”


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7 reactions displayed


Quite beaufiful for a cloudy day. The bright yellow and beautiful face. Nice to look at.

This isn't my type of art, but I think it's very creative and definitely something I should try out.

bright color very eye catching image is beautifully done

Intriguing and ethereal, yet they convey strength. Your process is making me reevaluate my life. -Christina

I am love with the "organic posterized" style

Wow this is fantasctic!!

cheeky is home

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