Kip Omolade, a Brooklyn-based artist, uses techniques like molding, casting, and painting to create chrome face masks and large hyperrealistic portraits. He contrasts the chrome surfaces against vibrant backgrounds for a bold effect. Each of his faces looks like it’s rising from the canvas towards the viewer.
“The masks have become mythological characters having conversations about humanity. I see them as deities pondering age old questions about birth, life, death, identity and love,” Omolade told This is Colossal.
Omolade’s work explores the essence of being human. He recently started working on the masks that represent his children for the first time. With them, he wants to portray the way life is able to thrive despite all the difficulties it can face. The boys are shown with their eyes closed, like they are in an eternal sleep unaware of the harsh world around them.
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