Sensuality and Vulnerability from Oluseye Ori

Art + Illustration

It’s not often you see an artist focus on celebrating men and the male form. So we were particularly excited to see Oluseye Ori’s work, and the unique style with which he delivers it. He uses mixed media, mainly acrylic, charcoal and wood, to present the portraits below.

“Central to Oluseye’s practice is the male form, which he engages as the locus for his intersectional exploration of identity, value, sexuality, existentialism and spirituality. Aesthetically and conceptually, his work is informed by Yoruba culture –  its sculptures, mythology, beliefs and even the angular facial features of its people. Using acrylic, pastel, collage and photo transfer, he creates layered portraits that are inspired by Yoruba terracotta heads and contemporary black male photography”

Meanwhile, these beautiful images below are of Ori as he gets down and dirty to bring one of his images to light. We feel that with these candid photos, he captures what his art is about – male sensuality and vulnerability.

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