O. Yemi Tubi (MOYAT) United Kingdom
I am a graphic designer and a visual artist. I work mostly in oil on canvas but work sometimes with acrylic and water colour. Most of my recent paintings were influenced political and social upheaval of our world today and the works of the Renaissance artists. I do not like artworks to be just for decoration but to evoke feelings.
Nigerian born, American trained Artist, O. Yemi Tubi residing in United Kingdom is an artist with creative and unique personal style. Most of his recent paintings were influenced political and social upheaval of our world today and the works of the Renaissance artists. He does not like artworks to be just for decoration but to evoke feelings. The theme of O Yemi’s works is "The Facts of Life: Roses and Thorns." Life is roses and thorns; sometimes it emanates the sweet aroma of pleasantness and sometimes it pricks and causes pains. He often uses Roses and Thorns for portrait paintings of the facts of life of people. He first used Roses and Thorns in his political painting - “THE BLEEDING ROSES”. Roses are for achievements and other positive parts of life and Thorns are painful challenges and negative parts of life. Since then he adopted this floral iconography style - Roses and Thorns as his own unique style in some of my paintings like “DOMESTIC ABUSE”, GELE (African Head Wrap): Vintage and Modern, SENSUALITY1: Pain and Pleasure and others
O. Yemi uses his works to speak passionately about the issues that touch his heart. He uses his painting “African’t” to speak about the exploitation of African nations The Painting depicts paradoxical poverty and the riches of Africa. “The Fishers of Men” is about the horror of refugees drowning in Mediterranean Sea. O. Yemi desires his portrait paintings to be uniquely creative and often uses the paintings to tell 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. The original painting was sold in 2017 by international recognized gallery – Saatchiart to an art collector in USA. O. Yemi’s work GELE was awarded the Best Show Award in CQ64 2021 Winter issue of Creative Magazine. His work “My Mother won 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. He 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. 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, International Association of Visual Artist. Visual Artists Association.