Brooklyn-based artist Kip Omolade creates large-scale oil paintings of chrome masks, depicting not only the subtle details of female faces, but incorporating the reflected environment of each piece. He continued his studies at The Art Students League of New York and earned a BFA at the School of Visual Arts. His paintings have been featured in exhibitions throughout the East Coast.
The series, entitled Diovadiova Chrome, makes reference in part to historical African sculptures, while exploring contemporary aspects of identity, luxury, and immortality. Each piece begins as a mold and cast taken from an actual model which is then utilized as source material for Omolade’s towering paintings which can measure several feet tall. The labor-intensive process involves making a mold and cast of each model’s face, reworking the cast plaster sculpture, producing a version in resin and adding a chrome layer with artificial eyelashes. The final sculpture, then serves as a model for the hyper-realistic oil painting.
Presenting to your beautiful drawings by Kip Omolade. You can see more art on his Instagram page.