Kingsley Ayogu transforms the blankness of a canvas into an emotionally cascading experience that evokes far more than the physicality of a painted surface.
Navigating with his brushes in a style that is extremely life-like, Ayogu paints the intricacies of society at a magnification that incites, challenges, and provide an opportunity for deep reflection. Portraits that bear every drop of intimacy, there may be an initial discomfort upon viewing but one is unable to break from the inner discourse that has begun nestling within. Ayogu is defiantly meticulous in the details of human emotion he chooses to paint, this includes but is not limited to scars, wrinkles, and blemishes. He engages in the reality of being human in a world that was foundation to many built systems. Particularly, he epitomizes the truth of society’s shortcomings and their lasting effect on those affected.
Ayogu’s body of work takes viewers into a space that opens a conversation about humanity, their own and the one they see around them. There is a pensiveness that cannot go unnoticed either. Questioning seems to be a natural effect of Ayogu’s paintings. The human figures he depicts in the paintings are laden in intention and wholly authentic to the convictions the artist wishes to comprise. A symbolic connectedness is resonant in many different avenues, between the piece and the artist, between the viewer and the piece, between the piece and the world, and so on. Kingsley Ayogu paints in a hyperrealistic way that appears to explicitly bring to light beauty, importance, and a message to concepts that are very much real in our world today.
All images with courtesy of Kingsley Ayogu