One to watch: meet emerging artist Robert Badu
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Up-and-coming artist Robert Badu’s drawings and paintings are visually complex and strikingly unique. His distinctive artistic style encourages a focused analysis, drawing you in to unpick the interweaving lines and shapes that run throughout his collection of works. 'Selfie Portrait', Robert Badu, pen on paper, courtesy: the artist Currently represented by artist agent and curator India Dickinson in London, Badu is pursuing his childhood dream of becoming an artist. Having loved art from a young age, he recalls that “drawing was the only subject I had an interest in at school.” In his art, Badu mostly uses acrylic, pen and ink on paper or canvas to create his individual style. As such, his works involve a lot of intricate and fine detailing to emphasise the bold outlines and patterns. “I love the freedom of expression and creativity [of art],” he tells me. “Art allows me to express myself and exhibit the thoughts, patterns and ideas that are in my imagination.” Badu is self-taught, and his natural artistic talent is clear from the consistently high quality of his work. His art is inventive and largely abstracted, yet nonetheless relatable and widely accessible. With semi-abstracted human figures overlapping and recurring throughout his works, Badu’s art visually considers the nature of social interactions and relationships. 'Parliament - Dark Or Light Mind', Robert Badu, pen on paper, courtesy: the artist Describing his role as an artist as “a silent bystander”, Badu reflects on the world around him for inspiration. He says that he likes “to translate everyday social life into a distinct narrative.”
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