O. Yemi Tubi - An Artist and Advocate for the world’s Peace.
Olabamiji Yemi Tubi, commonly known as O Yemi Tubi aka MOYAT, 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, watercolour, but my favoured medium is oil paints. I would have like to do most of my paintings in acrylic because it dry fast and that would have makes me do more works in shorter time that will take me to work in oil paints. The downside of using acrylic is the fact that it dry quick and very difficult to do details works as I like to do. Most of my recent paintings were influenced by political and social upheaval of our world today and the works of the Renaissance artists. I do not like artworks just for decoration but to evoke feelings.
“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art” so said Paul Cezanne; I was deeply moved by the horrors and the tragic death of a Tunisian man, Mohammed Bouazizi that set himself on fire; his response to daily humiliation by the Tunisian authorities, which encapsulates the true spirit of the Arab revolts. This 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. “THE BLEEDING ROSE” was done as my solidarity with Christians beheaded by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 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. I also used my painting – “UKRAINE: THE UNFORTUNATE BRIDE” to speak about America and Russia influenced the war in Ukraine. The callous treatment and imprisonment of the migrant’s children influenced O. Yemi to do “Trump’s Cage.”
I desire my portrait paintings to be uniquely creative. 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”
Life is roses and thorns; sometimes it emanates sweet aroma of pleasantness and sometimes it pricks and causes pains. 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 and others