2012 - 2013
Graphite and charcoal pencil on archival paper: 43 x 61cm
This drawing was awarded the de Laszlo Foundation award for the most outstanding portrait by an artist aged 35 years or under at the 2013 Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition held at the Mall Galleries in May 2013.
Melvin is a relative of the artist. From the day he was born, Okafor felt he brought happiness, faith and prosperity to every member of their family. Okafor intended to capture a sense of wisdom and strength in this portrait drawing.