We are hugely excited to announce Kelvin Okafor as an Ambassador for Horizons Charity.
Kelvin grew up in Haringey and is now a full-time artist who creates incredible pencil portraits that you could be forgiven for thinking were a photograph. He also has the skill to capture the essence of a person, leading to his work being hailed as 'emotional realism' by art critic Estelle Lovatt.
Around the age of 8, Okafor vividly remembers having a love and strong fascination for drawing with pencils. He found the instrument to be a humble one and would often use the expression 'aliveness' to describe its technical and sentimental value.
What fascinated him most about pencils was that with single shades of lead, he could create tones and textures so defined and so abstract, an illusion of colour would be formed before him. He became heavily inspired by this notion and spent most of his early years trying to utilise its technical use. The style in which Okafor creates his portraits is known as Hyper-realism.
On becoming an Ambassador, Kelvin says
I am delighted to be a part of this wonderful charity.Kelvin Okafor
We are so excited to be working with Kelvin over the coming months and years and we can't wait to share what we will be working on together.
See Kelvin Okafor's artwork on Instagram @kelvinokafor_art or visit his website