- Yemi Tubi - An Artist and Advocate for the world’s Peace.
I am a Nigerian born, American trained Artist, currently residing in United Kingdom as an artist with creative and unique personal style. I do paintings in acrylic and watercolour, but my favoured medium is oil paints. Most of my recent paintings were influenced by political and social upheaval of our world today and the works of the Renaissance artists.
“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art” so said Paul Cezanne; The uprising in the Arab world is what influenced my first political painting “ARAB REVOLUTION” in 2012. “THE EAGLE HAS LANDED” was done to speak about American led war on terror. My painting “KABIYESI OBA OBAMA (Unquestionable King Obama)” was a political satire based on the love and hate relationship between President Obama and Donald Trump. I used my paintings “AFRICAN’T”, “HUNGER IN THE LAND OF PLENTY” and “OIL: AFRICANS’ WEALTH AND WOE” to speak about the exploitation of African nations. The Painting depicts paradoxical poverty and the riches of Africa. my work, “THE FISHERS OF MEN” is about the horror of refugees drowning in Mediterranean Sea The callous treatment and imprisonment of the migrant’s children influenced me to do “TRUMP’S CAGE.”
I like to use the portrait paintings to tell the stories about my subjects as did with the portrait of Professor Wole Soyinka, 1986 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature in painting “SOYINKA: A Literary Icon”, “PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST” and the “THE VIOLINIST”
My works progress from political paintings to paintings of the facts of life of people. I first used Roses and Thorns in my political painting -“THE BLEEDING ROSES”, since then I adopted Roses and Thorns as my own unique style in some of my paintings like “DOMESTIC ABUSE”, GELE (African Head Wrap): Vintage and Modern, SENSUALITY1: Pain and Pleasure