GELE (Africans' Head Wrap): Vintage and Modern 2019
Gele is the headpiece usually worn by women across Africa for day-to-day activities and on special occasions. I am using “GELE – Vintage and Modern” as a metaphorical image to spotlight changes in African culture in this modern day. The art of tying Gele is disappearing like other traditional skills and many modern African young ladies are disadvantaged.
Looking through the window, I placed the Nigerian National Theatre building, one of the noticeable landmarks in Lagos, Nigeria, my Homeland where Gele is popularly worn at the background of this painting.
This painting is a homage to my mother and to all the industrious African mothers of the vintage years. They spent quality time with their children while working to support their families. They carried their children on their backs while working on the farms or managing their trading stalls. The artist’s mum carried her child on her back and on her head is the tray of fabrics she sells from door to door to provide for her family
Riding the Waves 2019
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2 NLT
Sometimes in one’s life, it’s as if storms and waves of challenges come from every side. It often seems one will go down and swept away by the storms of life. In the Holy Bible, there are lots of encouraging words that gives one hope to persevere to ride the storms of life.
This painting illustrated one of the encouraging verses from the Holy Bible- Isaiah 43:2. At the background, is the face of Christ breaking through the cloud at the background. I painted an image on surfing board in my style of Roses and Thorns. As the roses blossom amid the thorns, one can survive the raging waves of life.
I put two waves opposite each other to create a heart’s shape around the main image. This depicts that even in the storms of life one can sense the
The Bait 2020
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6: 9-10
As stated by the wisest and wealthiest man in the Holy Bible, King Solomon, nothing is as banal and meaningless as unhealthy love of money. The unhealthy love of money is one of the banalities of evil in our daily lives which influenced my painting – “The Bait”
An unhealthy love of money is the root of all evil; everyone, great or small is vulnerable to succumb to the alluring of this bait. Money is often been used as bait to lure young people into a life of crime that may lead them to prison or to their early grave. Money is often been used as bait for the prevention of justice. Many great people fell from grace when they succumbed to this bait.
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O. Yemi Tubi
O. Yemi Tubi was the winner of the QC64 Best Show award in fine art category with his work “GELE (Africans’ Head Wrap): Vintage and Modern Winter 2021. His works were awarded 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th places in political commentaries in American Art Awards from 2014 to 2019. He was recipient Golden Award with cash award in 2014 Master of Art International exhibition by Margarita Feaks Gallery, UK. He also received First Round Award with cash in Art Olympia 2015 International Open exhibition in Tokyo Japan. O. Yemi’s work was awarded 1st Place (Best in Show) winner by Tall Sequoia Gallery, Toronto Canada in 2020. His works are one of the top 25 in the Fine Art category of Creative Quarterly Magazine and awarded 100 Best Annual 2019 Fine Arts Award Certificate. His works were published in 2019 ART Habens Art Review, Biennial Edition published in Issuu Vol. 49; and 2019 Quotes: Inspirational Quotations / Creative Responses’ book.