Last week at my exhibition, in the Flannels store, the moment finally presented itself where I could meet the man who inspired me to draw a portrait of him 9 years ago!
Meeting Tinie Tempah he mentioned that it was “serendipity” that we finally met this way and I truly do feel it was!
I want to extend a huge thank you to Tinie Tempah’s manager Dumi Oburota for making the link between Tinie and I happen in such a beautiful way.
I felt a personal connection drawing Tinie Tempah. As a fellow Nigerian and having similar backgrounds culturally growing up, I felt inspired to capture this man as he represented an image of perseverance for me when times where extremely difficult in my journey.
In his drawing I wanted to capture an expression that reflects a state of focus and tenacity as I feel those are attributes which allows one to finetune into their passions/strengths enabling them to unlock a hidden talent or gift they could share with the world. And Tinie Tempah, I felt, embodied this in his road towards stardom.
Back in 2013, my drawing of Tinie Tempah received huge media coverage and became a drawing most people recognised my art by.
Wishing Tinie Tempah greater heights inspiring journey!
Be sure to visit the exhibition this week to see Tinie Tempah’s drawing on dispaly as well as other influential figures I have drawn! On display for 24hrs a day and ends Sunday 9th August. Best to see the installation at night as the art truly comes alive on the screens!
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