Tribal Marks Series III 57
Tribal Marks Series III 57
charcoal and pastel on paper adhered to aluminum backing
96.5 by 136.5cm., 38 by 53¾in.
Please note that the sheet is fully laid down to the backing. There is a crease measuring approximately 280mm., running across the upper left corner of the work as well as a further crease across the upper right corner measuring approximately 180mm. A small wrinkle in the paper by the sitter's left ear measuring approximately 50mm. Very light bubbling of the paper in the upper left and lower right corners. Very minor handling marks to edges/corners. Irregularity in paper along the lower edge is likely inherent.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Donated by the artist and TAFETA London
The present lot continues Olatunji's exploration of the practice of tribal facial markings in contemporary Nigeria. Executed in oil pastel and acrylic, this new and incredibly detailed work is a departure from his original and familiar medium of charcoal & pastel.
Continuing with his extensive research into the age-old practice of facial scarifications, and interactions/discussions with carriers of these marks, all the works are still completely illusory creations. While the subjects in the series may not exist in reality, the layers of context behind their creation and the technical proficiency in their execution bestows on the works a high degree of implied photo realism.
For Olatunji "the rendering process starts with the creative imaginings of the subject, considering personality, character, skin-type and even factoring in medical history in some cases. It involves fashioning a story around them and then drawing desired morphological characteristics from an exhaustive study of faces - to produce unique portraits".
With a bachelor’s degree in botany from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Babajide Olatunji (b. 1989) is a self-taught, full-time studio artist. In 7 years of full time studio practice, Olatunji has shown in multiple cities globally and works from his Tribal Marks and Aroko series have been incredibly well received globally. His paintings have been acquired by the Mott-Warsh Collection in Michigan, as well as important private collections in Switzerland, London, Lagos, Istanbul and New York, including the private collection of his highness, King Mohammed VI of Morocco. In 2017 Olatunji was selected for inclusion in a curated section of the Royal Academy Summer Show in the UK, and in 2020 he completed a six week residency at the Bridge Point Arts Centre in Hastings U.K.