Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Quick Review of a Great year-2015!

This is a quick review of some of last years highlights in my little world of painting and sketching!


  • TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES
This was my first appearance in the group exhibition with Guild of Fine Art, Nigeria.

African Doll, 39" x 39", oil on Canvas

Adebanji stands beside African Doll
The Guild of Fine Art Nigeria Artists with Anshu and other Gallery representatives.
Adebanji is part of the panel during the Transcending Boundaries Discussion.


  • COMMISSION FOR CADOGAN LTD
This was a great opportunity to produce a triptych of the Cadogan Buildings at Chelsea. Hugh Seaborn, The CEO was pleased with the final result.

Adebanji and Hugh Seaborn at the Cadogan Offices

Cadogan Buildings Triptych 16" x 16"


  •  THE ONE SHOW
I had another great opportunity to perform on the One Show on Chris Evans last day.

On the Set at the One Show


  • SKY LANDSCAPE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
I really enjoyed taking part in this competition. Even though I didn't win, it was a great experience and it was pure fun. I got a commission from this appearance of the same scene I painted on the series.



Lyme Park on a grey Day, 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas


Adebanji with his painting that got him into the Series.

Adebanji and Joan Bakewell


Adebanji and Frank Skinner

  • COMMUNITY CHANNEL
A short Film titled, "Adebanji Alade-The Addictive Sketcher was featured on TV!


  • A BRUSH WITH THE BROADS
I did two demonstrations in a wonderful gathering of plein air painters at The Brush With The Broads

Adebanji working as the participants watch.


Adebanji attacking the canvas


Adebanji with finished Demo 

  • RUTH BORCHARD PORTRAIT COMPETITION
I was happy to have my work selected for this prestigious exhibition, it was also purchased by the Ruth Borchard Collection as part of their Next Generation Collection

SKIN, 12" x 12", Oil on Board SOLD

  • BATTERSEA BRIDGE
This was one of the days I forgot my white oil tube and had to paint without white, it was a great experience! Teddy Heywood allowed me to paint from his balcony that overlooks the Bridge.

Battersea Bridge without Titanium White, 18" x 9", Oil on Board SOLD

  • VIENNA
I visited Vienna for the first time to deliver some inspirational workshops at the International School, Vienna. I also did some sketching and a painting of The Royal Opera House.

Summerlight, The Royal Opera House, 9" x 12", Oil on Board

Sketching The Royal Opera House


Study of the Royal Opera House

  • WEDDING SKETCHOGRAPHER
A great day in which I took on a commission to cover a wedding as the chief sketchographer!!! It was at Lucy and Joshua Hayes Wedding on the 22nd of August, 2015.


Having fun while working on the sketches at the wedding

My materials at the Wedding

Full Concentration while sketching at The Wedding


  • THE ENCHANTED FOREST OF STITCHES
Finally I completed the illustrations for this lovely, interesting and practical book written by John and Bella Lane.

One of the pages of the book, "First Steps in The Enchanted Forest of Stitches"

Bella Lane (author) and Kezia (my daughter) at the Book Launch

Kezia, my daughter reading the book

  • ROI FULL MEMBERSHIP ELECTION
After a very long wait since being made a Provisional Member in 2009, I finally get elected to full membership with The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. A great feeling!!!

Driszzly Day, Green Park, 8" x 10", Oil on Board. SOLD

Colour, Rain and Reflections, 8" x 10", Oil on Board SOLD

Rain and Reflections Cannon Street II, 8" x 10", Oil on Board.


Adebanji with 2 of his paintings at the ROI Annual Show.


Adebanji demonstrating at The Mall Galleries

The Demo, The picture Reference and the palette

Adebanji with finished demo

Painting Ronald Morgan on the Painting Evening at The Mall Galleries

  • MASTER AWARD BY SOCIETY OF NIGERIA ARTISTS
I visited Nigeria for the first time after 12 years. The Society of Nigeria Artist, Lagos Chapter have been following my progress here in the United Kingdom for a while and this year they presented me  with a Masters Award for Distinguished Achievement.

The President SNA Lagos Chapter Chief Dotun Alabi Presenting the Award.


That capped up a great year and by God's Grace I am looking forward to a wonderful 2016! Great things have started happening already!!! Lets Do it!! IT IS POSSIBLE!!!

8 comments:

Gayle said...

What a marvelous year you had. Great to see someone duly rewarded for a lifetime dedication to art and for being such a great inspiration. Congratulations!

adebanji said...

Thanks Gayle!!!

Sadami said...

Congrats, Adebanji! Lovely to see your happy faces. Your hard work has made it happen!! Best wishes, Sadami

adebanji said...

Thanks Sadami!!!

Azra said...

I have been following most of the major events for you last year, it makes me proud to know you and having been taught by you. You have such a wonderful energy that is open and full of love for the creative spirit within us. I wish you an even better year than last year!!

adebanji said...

Awwwh thanks Azra!!! Made my day!! Wish you a great year too!!!

sheona hamilton-grant said...

AMAZING year Adebanji! Congratulations! I'm in awe and have loved following your journey over the years. Sending you a major thumbs up and masses of good wishes for another successful and rewarding year. Cheery cheers from over here :D

adebanji said...

Thanks ever so much Sheona!!! I wish you a fantastic year too!