Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Adebanji Alade

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:42 am

Adebanji Alade
Adebanji Alade was born in Nigeria, and trained at Yaba College of Technology (a renowned art college in Nigeria). He extended his studies at Heatherly’s School of Fine Art in Chelsea in the UK. He currently lives in the UK and works from a studio in Chelsea.

I first encountered Alade’s work through his blog, which he has subtitled: “My art, my passion for sketching”, and passion for art is something that he demonstrates in abundance.

His web site has galleries of his work in several categories, portraits, drawings, illustrations, landscapes, religious themes and African influenced work. It is on his blog, however, that I find the best showcase of the two aspects of his work I find most interesting, his landscapes, particularly cityscapes, and his “Tube” sketches.

Alade fills sketchbooks with drawings of fellow passengers on London’s public transportation; page after page of direct observation and impromptu portraiture, fascinating faces and glimpses into other lives, shared momentarily in the process of getting somewhere.

He sometimes takes his Tube sketches and develops them into paintings. He has a secondary blog, subtitled “The people I sketch everyday” in which he chronicles this process. There is also a gallery on his web site devoted to the sketches.

Alade works in a variety of media, oil, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, carbon pencil and pen and ink. For his landscapes, he works from sketches and photographs in the studio as well as being a dedicated plein air painter. Both his studio work and location painting evidence the same dedication to direct observation displayed in his Tube sketches.

He often posts preliminary sketches and the paintings developed from them on his blog, and occasionally posts photos of himself painting on location. I always find it interesting to see photographs of the location for a painting, as well as the artist’s setup, not only for the arrangement of easel, palette and painting tools, but for the sense of scale and feeling for the environment in which the artist was working.

In addition to his web site and blogs, there is a brief video of Alade at work and being interviewed on the Winsor & Newton site.

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  1. Comment by Stephanie Berry
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    I’m glad you did an article on Adebanji. I discovered him about a year ago and visit his site frequently. His passion for drawing really shows in his work. It’s all great but the sketches are the BEST!

  2. Comment by Todd Groesbeck
    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

    Great stuff, I love coming to this site and finding really interesting art. Adebanji Alade’s work is an inspiration to say the least.

  3. Comment by Karin Jurick
    Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

    Adebanji joined in on my Different Strokes From Different Folks blog over a year ago – always submitting the most stunning interpretations of very simple reference photos. He is one of the most gifted artists I’ve ever known and I am thrilled that you featured him.

    Thank you Charley – and Happy New Year.

  4. Comment by Katherine Tyrrell
    Saturday, December 26, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    Nice to see an article about Addebanji.

    I first came across Adebanji’s work in an exhibition BEFORE I realised he also had a blog – and it’s been a pleasure ever since to see his work both on his blog and in various exhibitions in London.

  5. Comment by Laura
    Friday, January 1, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    Adebanji is one of the best artists out there. I’m always inspired by his work and his spirit. He seems to be a prince of a person! Thanks so much for featuring him, Charley. Happy New Year to you!

  6. Comment by Nick Chen
    Wednesday, June 8, 2011 @ 4:22 am

    Didn’t know Adebanji Alade before, thanks for this article, checked some of his artworks, very impressive!

  7. Comment by Dora Joy
    Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 12:00 am

    While looking at Adebanji Alade’s artworks, they actually reminds me of many excellent artists in our local. I am impressive about his way of taking sketch with him and develops into oil paintings.

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