Nigerian artist Arinze Stanely attains astonishing levels of detail and precision in these graphite portraits, each one a feat of hyperrealism. Fully self-taught, Arinze has cultivated his skill through what he calls the Three P’s - Patience, Practice and Persistence. These works are a testament to that spirit of sheer determination - a passion for excellence and constant improvement has harvested a unique, world class talent.
Arinze describes his inspiration and creative process:
“My art is born out of the undying zeal of perfection both in skill and expression as I find myself spending countless hours working an a drawing. I draw inspiration from life experiences and basically everything that sparks a feeling of necessity, I love to stimulate deep and strong emotions, as I find them most attractive. Most times it’s almost like I lose control of my pencils and like energy transfer, the art flows through me from my pencil to the paper.”All images courtesy of Arinze Stanley