O. Yemi Tubi

Web Site: www.o-yemi-tubi.pixels.com

O Yemi Tubi has exhibited his works around the world and received numerous awards and recognitions. O. Yemi works were awarded 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th places in political commentaries in American Art Awards from 2014 to 2019. He was the recipient Golden Award with cash award in the 2014 Master of Art International exhibition by Margarita Feaks Gallery, UK. He also received First Round Award with cash in Art Olympia 2015 International Open exhibition in Tokyo Japan.
O. Yemi’s was the winner of the best show of the 2022 Urbanization and Health International Art Exhibition, and Competition. He was awarded the Talent Prize Award by Art Show International Gallery in PORTRAIT 2022 International Juried Art Competition for his work the “PORTRAIT of an Artist”. He was awarded the “Leonardo Da Vinci Award” for his outstanding works exhibited in MINDSCAPE, International Online Art Exhibition 2022 organized by CreARTors Collective, Mumbai, India. His work GELE was awarded the Best Show Award in the CQ64 2021 Winter issue of Creative Magazine. His work “My Mother won 1st Place (Best in Show), winner, by Tall Sequoia Gallery, Toronto Canada in 2020. His works are one of the top 25 in the Fine Art category of Creative Quarterly Magazine and awarded 100 Best Annual 2019 Fine Arts Award Certificate. His works have been published in some Newspapers, Magazines, and art books. His works were published in 2019 ART Habens Art Review, Biennial Edition published in Issue Vol. 49; 2019 MURZE Arts Magazine; Issue 4, January/February Issue 2019 and 2019 Quotes: Inspirational Quotations / Creative Responses’ book.
His works were published in 2020 The March MASS: MATRIARCHY Monthly online Magazine,100 Best Annual 2019 for Fine Arts, Creative Quarterly International Art Magazine His works were published in 2018 ARTtour International Magazine ATIM’S Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art. Fine Art America published O. Yemi’s winning works in 2017 at www.Huffingtonpost.com. “World’s Best political Painters” and “World’s Best celebrity Portrait Artists. His interview and some of his was published on Africa.com.
O. Yemi is a member of the Fine Art America, the Society of All Artists, AERA –the Association Embracing Realistic Art Circle Foundation for the arts, WCA- World Citizen Artists, International Association of Visual Artist, Visual Artists Association and New York Artists Equity Association.


O Yemi Arts

Fishers of Men
O. Yemi wants this painting to be Biblical subject using modern day images. While he was planning this, the horror on Mediteariean Sea unfolded. Seeing Italian coast guards fishing out African immigrants – the victims of human trafficking – from the sea and an iconic image of Syrian drowned baby being carried by Turkish police from coast resort of Bodrum (one of the Syrian drowned as they attempted to reach Greek island of Kos) made O. Yemi to titled this painting – “The Fishers of Men”
“The Fishers of Men” was the phrase our Lord Jesus used to call His disciples to save human soul from the predator – the Satan. In this painting, President Bashar Al-Assad, and Islamic State terrorist are the sharks, the predators the Syrians were running away from, while Africans were running from poverty and longing for a better life in Europe which made them victims of the human trafficking. Fishers of men are not only coast guards that rescued the refuges from drowning; Fishers of men includes the good people of Europe that welcome the refugees with open hands. Fishers of men are those that met the refugees with boxes of supplies and offering candy and cuddly toys for the refugees’ children.

Hunger in the Land of Plenty “Hunger in the Land of Plenty”

In most of my recent paintings, I take a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. In this painting, as an Artist with my root from Africa, I did this painting with a passion for my continent that is plagued with famine and wars.
“Hunger in the land of Plenty” is saying something about the paradoxical situation of Africa- a continent blessed with many natural resources but still poor.
In the foreground, I put an African mother breastfeeding her baby while there are two empty bowls in front of her with nothing to feed herself. Surrounded with drought afflicted land, dead vegetation and livestock. In the middle ground is a woman tilling the dry ground with her crude tool, a hoe
The background shows fertile part of Africa that produces enough food to feed the people of the land but the products are exported to other parts of the world. At the top left corner of the painting, I put a cargo ship that takes African products to other parts of the world. African’s natural resources and agricultural products are being exported leaving Africa in poverty.

Portrait of an Artist “Portrait of an Artist”

Influenced by the painting of an old Italian Artist – Giuseppe Arcimboldo (An Artist that painted fruits and vegetables to creative people’s portraits), O. Yemi made this painting as a tribute to one of his art teachers, Jim Meaders. As in many of his recent painting, O. Yemi likes to use his painting to make a statement. He is using this painting to tell the viewer the occupation of his subject. He carefully assembled brushes, Paint tube and a pencil that overlapped together to make various anatomical shapes of a human. Brushes for the hairy parts of the face, a pencil for the nose and a paint tube for the mouth of the portrait.

Kabiyesi Oba Obama (Unquestionable King Obama) “Kabiyesi Oba Obama (Unquestionable King Obama)”

The title of this painting is in Yoruba Language – KABIYESI OBA OBAMA (Unquestionable King Obama). Many people who have been following American politics for the past 5 years will be familiar with “Mr MMB – the Motor-Mouth-Billionaire”, Mr Donald Trump, and his relentless ranting against President Obama. He is the one that dared to question President Obama’s American Citizenship. In an absolute monarchy government, in which Oba (the King) is revered as second to God or gods, nobody dares to question Oba regardless of your wealth or your position in the community. Whoever dares to question the “Unquestionable King” may have to pay for it with his own life. It is this scenario that I painted.
Taking President Obama to his African heritage, I chose to paint him with the Regalia of a Yoruba King. Oba Obama is holding his staff of office with his right hand which is close to the mouth of the fox on the left side of the painting. This means that Oba Obama uses his staff of authority to seal off the barking mouth of Fox TV which was used for anti-Obama campaign.
On the right side of the painting is the Mr MMB - Donald Trump on his kneels pleading with Oba Obama for his life. Between him and Oba Obama is chest of dollars that he is offering in exchange for his life. Behind him is the execution axe resting on wooden execution block; ready to swing into action at the command of Oba Obama. In the middle of the chained Fox TV and Donald Trump is Oba Obama, standing and smiling majestically; acknowledging the accolade and adulation of the crowds that are also shouting “Off with his head.”

The Eagle has landed “The Eagle has landed”

Like some of the old art masters Delacroix and Goya that spoke about social and political upheavals of their time in their works, O Yemi Tubi uses this painting to speak about American involvement in most of the wars going on around the world at this time. “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art” so said Paul Cezanne; O Yemi was emotionally moved to pick up his brushes again by the horrors of war seen on television to do this painting.
This work was done in oil painting. O Yemi used Giant American Bald Eagle as a Chinook war plane to carry American soldiers into the war front. At the background of the painting, soldiers are parachuting down from war planes and at the bottom are burning houses and burning armoured tank. In the middle ground, O Yemi showed the soft side of an American soldier sobbing on a dead Iraqi baby wrapped in a blanket. Beside the sobbing soldier, O Yemi painted American soldiers leading away the natives accused of terrorism. Next to this are NATO forces engaging the insurgence in battle while the man in blue shirt, an innocent causality of war, lied on the ground in front of the NATO forces.
The images in the foreground convey the message of the painting. O Yemi painted three women- A Syrian, an Afghan and an American;they all felt the horrors of war. Since the horrors of war that affect everyone, O Yemi uses this painting to advocate for HAPPINESS and PEACE for every human race. American’s Dream of PEACE and pursuit of HAPPINESS should be for all human race.

Arab Revolution “Arab Revolution”

This painting was inspired by the Arab spring started in late 2010. I empathise with people that live under the tyrannical leaders like Ex-President of Tunisia, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali andLate Muamaar Gadaffi. Reading about the tragic death of a Tunisian man, Mohammed Bouazizi that set himself on fire; his response to daily humiliation by the Tunisian authorities, which encapsulates the true spirit of the Arab revolts. Suffering and killing of people that were demonstrating for their freedom moved me to do this painting in honour of those that were killed.
The main image in the painting is to represent the portrait of an Arab tyrannical Leader. Start from the head scarf; the red patterns of the scarf are the blood’s drops of those killed in the revolution.The face of the portrait is fist of victory in the face of the tyrannical Arab Leader. The time on the wrist watch on the painting is to indicate that time is running out for all the tyrannical leaders of the world. Many of the revolutions were often involve mainly men especially in the Arab world. During the Arab Revolution, women stood beside their men to fight for their freedom. Just as in the famous French Revolution’s painting by Eugène Delacroix – 1830 – Liberty Leading the People, The woman in middle of the painting leading the Arab Revolution with hand raised high clenching a Blackberry mobile phone. The most powerful weapons for this Arab revolution were mobile phones which hence called the Blackberry revolution. Many images of atrocities committed by these tyrannical leaders and their governments were recorded and passed around through msn, twitter and Facebook by eye witness from mobile phones.
At the background of the painting are the explosions on both sides of the painting which are painted the shape of raised clenched fist and on the left bottom corner of the painting lies the former tyrannical Libya leader- Muamar Gadaffi and two other bodies of his men in front of the tunnels where they were captured before they were killed.
The ultimate goal of Arab revolution is PEACE and JUSTICE. People that had enough of violence and abuse from their tyrannical leaders rose up in PEACEFUL Demonstration to call for change. It is a shame that the PEACE that Arab people yearned for still eluded them with wars still going on in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Horse Rider “Horse Rider”

Young lady riding horse on the country side on a sunny day

Ukraine: The Unfortunate Bride “Ukraine: The Unfortunate Bride”

Wherever crimes against humanity have been committed around the world, the finger prints of the two “World super powers” could be easily detected. Since the 2nd World War, USA and Russia have engaged in the battle of supremacy; too scared of each other’s shadows, they are using other nations to fight each other. The West instigated by America enticed Ukraine with the potential benefits of membership of European Union but Russia will not give up Ukraine to the West without a fight. This has led to the ongoing war in Ukraine which inspired me to do this painting “Ukraine-The Unfortunate Bride”
Yulia Tymoshenko is to represent the country of Ukraine and dressed as the Ukrainian Bride between two warring suitors – President Obama and President Putin. President Obama kneeling and proposing to Ukraine- the Bride with engagement ring in his right hand while holding Yulia (Ukraine) hand with his left hand. The left arm of Yulia was ripped off from her body by Putin. The ripped off arm is Crimea and other regions of Ukraine under the control of Pro-Russian Separatists with the help of Russia.
In the middle ground of the painting are the powerless UN officials that could do nothing than shooting “mouth missiles” and “rhetoric rockets” to Russia for tearing apart Ukraine while the people of Ukraine are being slaughtered.
To have peace in the world, America and Russia have to stop meddling in the affairs of other countries.

Oil: Africans' Wealth and Woe “Oil: Africans' Wealth and Woe”

Oil: Africans’ Wealth and Woes.
As in many African countries, Nigeria is rich in agricultural produce and many natural resources. Before the advent of Petroleum Oil; Cocoa, Coffee, Groundnuts, Palm Oil and other agricultural produce were mainly sources of Nigeria’s wealth. Since early 1970s, Petroleum Oil boom era, Nigeria government attention has concentrated mainly on Oil and revenue it generated. Very few Nigerians have made themselves very wealthy from Oil money while Oil pollution of air, water and farm lands has made many Nigerians very poor. This is what influenced O. Yemi’s painting – “Oil: Africans’ Wealth and Woes”
As an artist who originated from Nigeria, O. Yemi was moved by the plight of his people from Niger Delta in Nigeria where oil pollution affects the lives and livelihood of the people.
In developing this idea, he puts some of the images he found online together graphically on his computer. He started to use ‘subtractive’ painting, a technique used by many illustrators in various ways. He did a very finished pencil drawing then coated the drawing with oil. This requires very little opaque work as the half-tone drawing beneath is similar to a tinted photo he was using as reference. After the well-detailed drawing, he started to apply colours to the painting.
He started from the top painting the sky with cyan blue and white colours which he will later go over with black and white colours to turn the beautiful sky to grey to reflect the polluted air produced by thick smoke emitting from the burst oil pipe from the far left of the painting. Under the polluted air He painted a rusty-roof shack village to show the level of poverty of the people living in the oil-rich part of the country with some of the fishermen boats stationed idle at the bank of the oil-polluted river and in the foreground are the children fetching water and drinking water from the polluted river.

Fishers of Men “Fishers of Men”

O. Yemi wants this painting to be Biblical subject using modern day images. While he was planning this, the horror on Mediteariean Sea unfolded. Seeing Italian coast guards fishing out African immigrants – the victims of human trafficking – from the sea and an iconic image of Syrian drowned baby being carried by Turkish police from coast resort of Bodrum (one of the Syrian drowned as they attempted to reach Greek island of Kos) made O. Yemi to titled this painting – “The Fishers of Men”
“The Fishers of Men” was the phrase our Lord Jesus used to call His disciples to save human soul from the predator – the Satan. In this painting, President Bashar Al-Assad, and Islamic State terrorist are the sharks, the predators the Syrians were running away from, while Africans were running from poverty and longing for a better life in Europe which made them victims of the human trafficking. Fishers of men are not only coast guards that rescued the refuges from drowning; Fishers of men includes the good people of Europe that welcome the refugees with open hands. Fishers of men are those that met the refugees with boxes of supplies and offering candy and cuddly toys for the refugees’ children.

African't “African't”

African’t: (Africans can’t say `no’ to Exploitation)
Africa is the second largest continent and the richest in the world in natural resources. Despite her riches, her people are the most abused and misused people in the world. They were the subject of slavery and after the abolition of slave trade, Europeans continued to enslave Africans. They colonised most of the continent, oppressing and killing Africans while looting their natural wealth. African nations are yet to be completely free; their economy and government are being controlled by their former colonial masters. In recent years, China joined the United States and the Europeans in further exploitation of Africans. Chinese are now taking over African businesses and markets; flooding African markets with their cheap products making it difficult for locally produced African products to compete with cheap Chinese imports. Many corrupt African leaders aid wanton exploitation of African mineral resources for selfish personal gains, receiving also kickbacks to award highly over-priced infrastructure development project contracts to Chinese and European companies. Chinese companies often bring in all categories of workers from China to work on African construction projects while well qualified Africans including overseas trained professionals remain unemployed; it is literally taking food out of the mouth of Africans. Why can’t African say `no’ to exploitation?
The dark cloud in the background on the right side of this painting is to show the terrible situation of African nations; the ray of light breaking through the dark cloud and new plant shoots piercing through the cracks of dry ground are to depict the hope and aspiration of the artist - O Yemi Tubi for African nations - better and richer future. In the centre of the painting, O Yemi painted a starving African child with priceless jewellery on her neck and variety of foods served on luxurious golden bowls and plates in front of her. This also is to depict the paradoxical poverty and the riches of the continent of Africa. Engulfing the luxurious varieties of food are rats in coats of national flags of USA, Britain, France and China. This is to say that the relationship of these nations with African nations is contributing to their poverty. Rat as imagery of these nations is not intended to offend but O. Yemi couldn’t find any complementary image that could be used without losing the message he intended to convey. This painting is also an Indictment of some corrupt African leaders
The dawn of new day; better and bright day for Africans will come the sooner the Africans can say `no’ to EXPLOITATIONS and African leaders put national interest above self-interest.

The Violinist “The Violinist”

O. Yemi loves the works of Spanish surreal artists like Salvador Dali’s “Butterfly windmills” and Italian artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo’s “The Librarian.” He loves to create works from his own imagination that are not really real. Looking at the picture of a young lady on his church’s notice board, O. Yemi was inspired to do this painting. This young lady is a violinist in the church worship choir and O. Yemi chose to use her musical instrument to paint her portrait.
Tackling this project was a bit challenging for O. Yemi; he wants the portrait to be real likeness of the young lady and violin in the painting to be real as well. O. Yemi faced the dilemma of fussing both images together. He needs to decide to use the skin colour of the lady or the brown wood colour of the violin. His first attempt to fuss the image of the young lady and the violin together graphically looked grotesque. To rescue the aesthetic beauty of the work, O. Yemi substituted Tailpiece of the violin for the nose of the young lady and the Bridge of the violin for the teeth of the young lady. To complete the storyline of this painting, O. Yemi uses musical notes as the hair coming out from the violin and the sky at the background were dotted with musical notes.

SOYINKA: An African Literary Icon “SOYINKA: An African Literary Icon”

We often hear about tyrannical African leaders that enriched themselves and starved their people. Few Africans have received global recognitions for greatness and positive accomplishments. O. Yemi would not like to be a Hero-worshiper, but sporadic positive news about achievements of few great African leaders like President Mandela make him proud to be an African. He jumped for joy when he heard the news that Professor Wole Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. His Noble Prize Award in Literature and his 2009 Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award inspired O. Yemi to do this painting of Professor Soyinka “Soyinka- An Africa Literary Icon.”

Like in his painting, “Portrait of an Artist”, O Yemi chose to use Wole Soyinka’s literary achievement for this painting. O. Yemi visualized Professor Wole Soyinka’s iconic grey Afro-hair as an opened book from which diverse letters and words flow out. He arranged the letters into the titles of some of Soyinka’s books. He used the open book for his subject’s upper and lower lips from which letters are also flowing out to form the moustache and beard of his subject. O. Yemi arranged some of the letters that formed the beard into one of Professor Soyinka’s political writings, “Ibadan – The Pelenkelemes Years” first to show Professor Soyinka as a provocative political activist and secondly, to show Ibadan as the birth place of the artist. The body of the portrait is a book.

Domestic Abuse “Domestic Abuse”

Life is roses and thorns; sometimes it emanates sweet aroma of pleasantness and sometimes it pricks and causes pains. O. Yemi chooses to do series of on ‘Roses and Thorns’, in which the main objects of the paintings are roses and stems woven into human figures.
Rose is one of the gifts often used as a romantic gesture of love and it naturally grows from the stems of thorns. In the early stages of relationship, couples often enjoy the aroma of roses and lovingly blind to the flaws and thorns of each other. As challenges arise the couple starts to focus on each others’ flaws and start to feel the prick of their thorns
While preparing to work on this painting, the image of Christ fell under weight of the cross in “Stations of the cross” in some of the old master paintings came to mind. O. Yemi was influenced to paint the image of the main object of this painting in a crawling posture. He used Rose stems woven in the shape of a woman breast feeding while also overwhelmed with other domestic tasks. He used the sticks of the push broom and mop as cross. In the middle ground is the husband sitting aloof and ironically reading the Daily Harmony newspaper. In the background is the picture of the couple’s happy days when they were enjoying the aroma of their love disregarding the thorns of life; the picture on the Daily Harmony newspaper depicts the Thorns period where they argue and fight.
Couples should not focus on their partners’ thorns but appreciate the fragrance of love emanating from them.
This painting was done with oil on canvas

AJ: Omo Oduduwa, the World Champon “AJ: Omo Oduduwa, the World Champon”

Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua known in the boxing world as Anthony Joshua (AJ) is the subject of this painting by O. Yemi Tubi. This painting is another work in his Roses and Thorns series. Following AJ’s defeat of Wladimir Klitschko, O. Yemi decided to do this painting in his honour.

This painting is titled AJ Omo Oduduwa: The World Champion because AJ is proud to be a Nigerian of Yoruba descent (Oduduwa is the patriarch of Yoruba people). AJ is a perfect subject for this painting because of his troubled past. He has been to prison and wore an electronic tag on his ankle.The formidable opponent he has to defeat first to be the champion was himself. He needed to knockout the bad boy of himself (the thorns in his life) to smell the roses of success.

On the left side of the painting, O. Yemi weaved stems of thorns together and a rose as the head. The left hand stretched towards the head of the realistic image of AJ is to depict Anthony’s fight with himself before he became the world champion. O. Yemi changed the WBC’s belt on AJ’s waist to AJ: Omo Odua’s belt. The images on the belt are the British and Nigerian flags to show AJ’s dual citizenship. The bronze image in the middle of the belt depicts one of the artefacts of ancient Yoruba people now in the British Museum. O. Yemi made this belt as a statement that AJ may lose the WBC’s belt in the future but he will always be Omo Odua’s Champion.

The message of this painting to everyone and especially to the young people is that they can defeat their own thorns and smell the roses of success.

The Chickens' Fight “The Chickens' Fight”

"He will settle disputes among great nations. They will hammer their swords into ploughs and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will never again go to war, never prepare for battle again." Isaiah 2:4(GNB)

This painting was influenced by the exchange of missiles of words between the president of USA, Donald Trump and North Korea’s president Kim Jong Un.

Since World War II, America and Russia have been dancing around each other and shadow-boxing each other; too chicken to attack each other, they influence wars in other nations by being on the opposing sides of the conflict causing death and destruction.
North Korea now enters the ring; frantically testing and trying their long range nuclear missiles to reach American cities.
In the boxing ring, are three chickens painted with the flags of America, North Korea and Russia with nuclear missiles on their backs exchanging missiles of words. Within the boxing ring is the iconic Syrian boy dug out of the rubble of his house; too numbed to cry. He represents the many victims of wars influenced by the so called Super powers. Waiting on the ropes are two vultures with Kalashnikov rifles representing Islamic State terrorists. Islamic State terrorists are not strong enough to bring down a government. They are only scavenging on the nations that have already been destroyed by the super powers as they did in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. In the background of this painting, is the iCAN banner; “No More War” to commemorate the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to iCAN in 2017.

The dream of the artist, of this painting is that there will be no more wars. That the nations will no longer rise up against each other and that the weapons of war will be turned to agricultural equipments.

The Robbery Revival (Matthew 21:13) “The Robbery Revival (Matthew 21:13)”

“It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[a] but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’[b]” Matt. 21:13
O. Yemi Tubi had spoken about African colonial masters robbing African people through their evil practices. This painting is about African religious leaders holding up and robbing African people using the Holy Bible as their weapons of armed robbery. Hence the painting is titled "The Robbery Revival.”
Africans are very religious and they are devoted to God Almighty. They have strong belief that God is the solution to every problem and this strong belief makes them a prey to false religious leaders, both men and women. These "Archbishop U. K. Sterling and Rev. (Mrs) Easy Money are using the Bible to rob my fellow Africans of their God-given resources. Africans longing to be free from poverty, will do anything and this leads some of them to the den of ferocious blood-sucking prosperity preachers. Our Lord Jesus Christ while physically on earth didn't collect money from His followers. He fed them freely and healed them freely. Many missionaries left Europe and America to win souls for God around the world. David Livingstone’s cry was "Lord, give me the souls of Africans" He served God and African people and died in Africa. The modern day prosperity preachers are not after the souls of Africans; they are after the wealth of Africans. They are not soul winners but cash winners.
At the background of the painting is a banner which is one of the mediums that prosperity preachers use to advertise their business. In it the artist uses the currencies of some nations to name these prosperity preachers. In the middle ground are their preys and in the foreground is one of the prosperity preachers and the Tithe Box. The artist puts a bandit’s mask on the face of the property preacher for two reasons. First to show him as a robber that he is really is and second, to show that he puts on the mask of “The man of God” to hide who he is really what the Holy Bible says he is - “A wolf in the sheep cloth”

The artist of this painting is a Christian. The aim of the artist is to admonish people not to follow fake men and women of God. They should read the Bible to know the truth and the truth will set them free.

The Ray of Georgia: Unchained My Hands “The Ray of Georgia: Unchained My Hands”

This is another work in Roses and thorns painting series by O. Yemi and was influenced by the movie of Ray Charles’ life.
Born poor and raised by his mother in O. Yemi’s adopted state of Georgia in USA. Ray Charles grew up at a time when people of his skin colour were considered less human and were denied equal opportunities with the white people. To imply that Ray Charles used his music to echo the cry of African-Americans during the civil rights movement, O. Yemi changed the wording of his songs - “Unchanged my heart” for the title of this painting to “The Ray of Georgia: Unchanged my Hands.”

The movie showed many flashbacks of Ray Charles childhood years. The memory of the drowning of his little brother George and his own battles with drugs addiction was the main focus of this painting. On the left side of the painting is Ray Charles playing piano in a concert hall with stems of thorns wrapped around his upper body. Bounded by the stems of thorns is to depict Ray Charles bondage to drugs addiction and “Unchained my hands” here is his own personal cry and struggles to break free from drugs addiction as shown in drugs rehabilitation clinic in the movie. In the middle ground is the curtains of the concert hall drew back to show the flashback of his brother’s drowning on the right side of the painting. The end of the piano turns to laundry tub in which his brother drowned.
Message of the painting is this; since thorns couldn’t prevent the blooming of the roses, poverty or disabilities cannot be hindrances to anyone success.

SENSUALITY1: Pain and Pleasure

“They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.” Ephesians 4:19
Women body are beautiful and commonly been used on western medias to sell any product; partially clothed or with no clothes at all and in Middle East women are forbidden to show too much of their body in public. Ironically Belly dance, which is a form of an entertainment for men in the Middle East with women partially dressed dance erotically for men’s pleasure. Sexual abuses against women are even more common in the Middle East than in the West.
In recent years, news about sexual abuse against women was so common. From the western world to the Far East, women have been subjected to horrific sexual abuse. Men of depraved minds from all classes from Presidents to law makers, rich and poor have been accused of indulging in molestation of women. This is what influenced this painting – SENSUALITY1.
O. Yemi uses Roses and thorns to illustrate pain and pleasure of sensuality in which rose is for pleasure and thorns are the pains of sexual abuse. O. Yemi uses Rose for head and rose bulbs for the breasts of the figure. Steams of thorns are creatively woven together to form the figure of a woman seated wearing red-laced under pant and red high-hilled shoes.