Artists, generally, strive to create an atmosphere of detachment from reality whereas, hyper realism as a concept, practically erases that. Hyper realist art pieces and sculptures by its creators look no different from pictures taken with an high resolution camera. Observers of such pieces tend to disagree with it being an actual creation with such regular tools such as: Charcoal; Bic Pen; Ballpoint pens; Water colour; oil and acrylic paint or pencil. We’ve been able to come across countless hyper realist artists who challenge the curiosity of passive and active art lovers, among which are: Teresa Eliott’s oil painting; charcoal drawings by Daisy; bic pen painting by Juan Francisco; water colour painting by Erich Christenten.
Still exploring talented artists in Nigeria, we came across the works of a particular individual- Oresegun Olumide, an hyper realist painter who uses oil on canvas as his medium. His works went viral on social media when vloggers and bloggers came in contact with his works, getting comments and features on CNN African Voices, Linda Ikeji to mention a few. Although, according to Olumide, his works are no alien to those in the art world as his works precede him. At his studio – Reality Edge in Ikorodu, Lagos Nigeria, we share with you who ‘the Bugatti himself’ is.
Olumide Oresegun, was born on 23rd November, 1981. He is the second child of four children. He hails from one of the states in Western Nigeria that has produced legends in the entertainment industry in Nigeria – Ogun State, Ijebu- Ode. Olumide is a happily married hyper realist who we hope would make a hyper painting of his beautiful wife soon. According to Olumide, his passion for drawing and painting is irreplaceable. “The art of drawing and painting is like a playground to me you know. When you do what you love, you just have fun.” he said.
Having attended high school, he proceeded to Yaba College of Technology Lagos, Nigeria where he bagged a distinction in painting. He then proceeded to serve his father land for a year as a Corp Member of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC). Olumide described himself as a very calm individual who is calculative and patient. “you can see that in my works. If one lacks calmness or precision, such individual cannot be an hyper realist.” he said. To Olumide, going out comes only when he feels the need to as he can embrace his studio for weeks, painting and calculating precise artistry.
His inspiration comes mostly from children and places he visits. “I love to play with kids a lot because they serve as inspiration to me.” Speaking further, he said, “I know all the kids I paint in my works. I don’t imagine their faces. I know them by name except paintings of market scénarios where I only get reference to work on.” He started his hyper realist painting 6 years ago. “I initially started with classical and impressionist works but I felt the need to challenge myself and go the extra mile by doing something way different and better than what other artists would do.”
Sharing his toughest challenge as an artist, he expressed how hard it is to convince people of how tasking what you do is and the investment of time required to portray precision in a work. Relating his experience, “I remember after my graduation from Yaba Tech, I took my art work to sell to a particular man and he told me to re-paint the exact work I planned to sell to him in hundreds, then share the price on each piece so I can reduce the price to the lowest then, he can buy. I was spontaneous to reply him with ‘I would rather be a Bugatti than be a Toyota’. You know, you can never see Bugatti roaming the streets like Toyota”.
When asked the lowest he ever sold an art work, “I sold an art work of mine for 500 naira as when I was in high school”, he said. Olumide has his admirers who purchase his art works across the continent. He sees himself submitting his works in some of the world’s greatest museums and training upcoming artists, having a school of his own to impact the younger generation.
In his spare time, Olumide enjoys to sit comfortably with his wife and watch soccer “I love Barcelona alot.” he said. He looks up to his lecturers in Yaba Tech who still give him hints regarding his work and vice versa. In his words, “the whole world is learning and I even learn from little kids”. His mentors include: Abiodun Olaku, Kolade Oshinowo, Peter Coker and Anthony Ogunde.
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