Bankole Olabode, Banky, is an artist, a painter, precisely. He graduated from Yaba College of Technology in the 2015, from the department of Fine Art. He specializes in painting and charcoal art.
“I started as a very young dummy artist with an intense passion for drawing and painting from story books, comics, film posters and any other iconic visual that portrays beauty, glamour, fame and power, so far it’s good for drawing and can be painted.”
“I believe I am still improving and knowledge has no boundaries as far as humanity and posterity is concerned.”
“Over the years, my artistic horizon has broadened and elevated to listening to the voice of my society, question my environment, connect and reason with my subjects before I lay any stroke on my canvas: for I am persuaded that art is beyond the spectrum of beauty (though important). I mean what is the essence of creativity when it impacts nothing in the minds of its audience. My works are fortified and rich in meaning and I do not art for “Ars Gratia Artis” and this notion remains with me for eternity.”
Speaking on his art, Banky says, “I am an impressionistic realist who uses figures, faces and still-life objects to tell stories that often promote the beauty and culture of my society and also reveals controversial issues that threatens the life of the African citizenry.”
His compulsive experimental habit propelled him in the usage of diverse media such as Oil paints, Watercolour, pastels, charcoals, graphites, coffee, sandpaper and so on in the production process of his works of art.
His creations often reveal the contentious issues that threaten the lives of people and society at large. They also tend to enlighten and speak about the psychology of the present day society and how negligence, ignorance and corruption have stood as a barrier of learning from history and becoming a great society.”
He hopes to transform crude and ill mindsets, inform good knowledge, restore the heritage and uplift the society through his Works of art. He believes art is more than a self expression, a leadership role, a device that amplifies and regulates the groans of the people, a place of solitude for the broken-hearted.”
Banky is inspired by the need to communicate the knowledge of something, to make known; to tell; to disclose what his works are all about. “The right word is “IMPART.”
His works are also based on controversial issues, history, philosophical books and his society.
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