Nkosi Blake Art
Nkosi’s specialism is photorealism, he also likes to experiment with different materials, often working on large canvases. He takes artistic inspiration from Michael Angelo and Frank Frazetta, who both mastered the art of drawing the human figure. Their combination of realism with fantasy is evocative of comic book art. He is very passionate about art and feels there are no boundaries for his creativity.
One of the high lights of his career thus far, was when he presented The President of Kenya with a realistic pencil portrait on his trip to London! His Excellency personally invited Nkosi to the Kenyan State House after being amazed by the realistic likeness of himself and being impressed by the level of skill.
You can find his most recent body of work, a series of A1 realistic pencil drawings, of inspirational public figures entitled “Push the pencil to the limit” exhibiting in galleries across London.
Public Announcement Poster (Illustration Award)**: Whilst Nkosi studied for his GNVQ in advanced Art & Design at John Ruskin College his teacher at the time thought he had what it took to enter a competition called ‘Keep Safe’. Croydon Council was doing a campaign to raise commuters’ awareness about keeping safe on London transport so they put on a competition for artists to come up with a winning poster. The poster Nkosi designed had an urban style that spoke to a youth target audience – it played a key role in highlighting the importance safety on the transport network. As the winner Nkosi got to meet the Mayor, appear in the local press and his winning posters were displayed on local modes of transport. He also got the opportunity to go to the pressing plant were the posters were being printed and so got an insight into the printing process.
BA (Hons) Digital Media Productions, London College of Communication, 2009
Distinction - GNVQ Advanced Art and Design John Ruskin College, 1998
GCSE - Art & Graphics A, A*
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