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ADORNED IN ELEGANCE

“Adorned in elegance” is a solo exhibition by Kelani Fatai. The Nigerian artist recontextualizes his African subjects in luxurious period Western costumes and sumptuous dresses. It thus evokes a subversion of colonial domination by placing African communities in the postures and robes of grandeur of the lords.

It thus transports us into a universe of grace and splendor where the African characters invite us to join them in timeless refinement.

Kelani Fatai is one of these black portraitists, such as Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald and even Kerry James Marshall, who immortalize their models with a style imbued with grandeur, thus celebrating the power and identity of the black community.

In this exhibition of oil works, every detail is meticulously rendered, from the delicate folds of fabrics to the shimmering reflections of jewelry, from sophisticated hairstyles to looks imbued with grace and nobility. The characters are represented in luxurious salons, decorated with baroque tapestries with refined and golden details. The artist brilliantly captures the enchanting atmosphere of the era that he depicts in his portraits in order to better convey the dark majesty. He thus confers a nobility to his subjects evoking the feeling of pride expressed by all movements of black affirmation expressed in Africa and across the Atlantic.
This exhibition by Fatai echoes a song by James Brown: “I'm Black and I'm proud”!

KELANI FATAI

Kelani Fatai is a Nigerian artist. He was born and raised in Mushin, a commercial area of Lagos. At the age of six, he discovered his passion for drawing. After apprenticing under two Lagos-based artists, Damilola Opedun and Muyiwa Williams, he gained admission to the prestigious Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, to study art and design in 2014. He graduated from the higher education institution in 2019 with a Higher National Diploma in Painting.

The artist excels in a variety of artistic mediums, such as oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and charcoal. He is one of those black portrait artists who captures his models with a style imbued with grandeur. His works are meticulously detailed, celebrating the power and identity of the black community.
He began his career in 2016 by participating in several exhibitions in Lagos, then extended his reach internationally from 2021, notably at the Bommer Gallery in London and Athens Open Art in Greece. Its presence on the international scene has strengthened over time, with exhibitions such as "Feminity" (2022) at the Lorin Gallery in California, which also presented it the same year at Art Basel Paris (2002). He has also been exhibited during "Black Joy" (2022) and "Body Rhythms" (2022) at TAAG Gallery in Iowa, "Florescence" (2022) with Mitochondria Gallery in Houston, and "Women in Charge" (2023) at Christopher Person in Brussels. Additionally, the artist has been featured in several group exhibitions such as "No Prisoners, Only Trophies" (2023) and "Now you see me, Now you don't" (2023) at Eclectica Contemporary gallery, as well as " Birth of Flowers” (2023) at wallsandhalls Gallery in New York and “New Perspectives: A group showing of African Portraiture” (2024) at Allouche Gallery in Los Angeles.

Kelani Fatai

DRESSED WITH ELEGANCE

MY DEMEANOR IS NOT FOR YOUR CENSOR “AN ODE TO FEMINITY”

KELANI FATAI

MY DEMEANOR IS NOT FOR YOUR CENSOR "AN ODE TO FEMINITY", 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

122 x 91 cm

Unique piece

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EMPRESS

KELANI FATAI

EMPRESS, 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

102 x 76 cm

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THE ENTHRALLING LADY

KELANI FATAI

THE ENTHRALLING LADY, 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

91 x 61 cm

Unique piece

EMPEROR BASQUIAT

KELANI FATAI

EMPEROR BASQUIAT, 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

Diameter 49.5 cm

Unique piece

THE BOY IN A RUFF COLLAR

KELANI FATAI

THE BOY IN A RUFF COLLAR, 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

Diameter 29.5 cm

Unique piece

AN EPITOME OF BEAUTY II

KELANI FATAI

AN EPITOME OF BEAUTY II, 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

122 x 91 cm

Unique piece

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AN EPITOME OF BEAUTY

KELANI FATAI

AN EPITOME OF BEAUTY, 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

101 x 76 cm

Unique piece

KING NANA

KELANI FATAI

KING NANA, 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

49.5 x 59.6 cm

Unique piece

A MAN OF DREAMS AND VISION “ABLOH”

KELANI FATAI

A MAN OF DREAMS AND VISION "ABLOH", 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

40 x 30 cm

Unique piece

KING WILLIAMS

KELANI FATAI

KING WILLIAMS, 2024

Signed, titled, framed

Oil & acrylic on canvas

Diameter 30 cm

Unique piece

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