Adebanji Alade's work is all about people and places.
He strives to bring the force and power of the sketch into every piece he embarks on. Adebanji is a strong believer in sketching and he believes everything in art starts with a sketch, so, in his work you'll always feel the power and sense of a captured moment. Adebanji works from life and from photo references but the mission is the same - to bring a lively sketchy feel to the completed piece.
Adebanji likes to focus on people because he loves the play of light, moods, emotions, beauty and the variety that each face brings. He also loves places because he gets inspired by the atmosphere, historical importance, mood and the play of light that a particular place can offer at any point in time.
Adebanji works directly from life or from photo references. He paints directly without building up successive layers of paint. He paints shape by shape, a technique he calls inside-out, in which the painting is embarked upon from a spot inside the workspace and he spreads out, still working shape by shape until the whole piece is complete. Adebanji also works from broad shapes to details, a technique he calls outside-in, where the painting starts off with broad strokes to cover the ground and then finished off with details on the inside.
Adebanji mainly works with oils but he uses acrylics, watercolour, pastels, Coloured pencils, charcoal and graphite and he also loves to combine these in mixed media works too.
1972 Born on 28 February in Hackney London
1992-1997 HND Fine Art, Yaba College of Technology
2003-2005 Diploma in Portraiture, Heatherley's School of Fine Art
2012 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
2014 Elected a full member of The Guild of Fine Art, Nigeria
Chelsea Art Society, Guild of Fine Art, Nigeria, Urban Sketchers Worldwide, Plein Air Brotherhood
2018 Elected Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2017 Winner Alan Gourley Memorial Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2015 Elected to Full Membership of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2014 Buxton Spa Sketchbook Award
2013 Winner of Pinta Rapido, Plein Air Event at the Chelsea Town Hall
2010 Winner of the Chelsea Riverside Competition organized by Cheyne Walk Trust in aid of Heatherley's School of Fine Art Bursary Fund
2010 Winner of the Best Painting of a London Scene, Chelsea Art Society
2009 Winner of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Competition in the Artist Magazine
2009 Winner of the Artist Magazine Cover Competition on Summer Scenes
2009 Winner of the Plein Air Category at the Bath Prize
2008 Daler Rowney Award, Patching Art Competition, by The Artist Magazine
2007 Winner of the Under 35 Category (Winsor & Newton Prize) Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2005 ITV Series of Brush with Fame, Winner of the London Wild Card
2006 Pastel Society and the RP Exhibition at Mall Galleries
2007 Pastel Society, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of British Artists.
2008 Royal Institute of Oil Painters at Mall Galleries
2010 Adebanji Alade's Bath Marathon of 212 paintings of Bath at The Bath Gallery
2010 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
2011 The Chelsea art Society at The Chelsea Town Hall
2013 The RP Exhibition at Mall Galleries
The Artist Magazine (December 2007, November 2009, February 2011)
The Artist Magazine, April 2013 Urban Nocturnes
The Artist Magazine, December 2013 Sketching: a Passion
Strokes of a Genius, July 2007 by Rachel Wolf
The Art of Urban Sketching, February 2012, by Gabi Campanario
A Compendium of Drawing Techniques, August 2012 by Donna Krizek
Sketch your World, 2013 by James Hobbs
METRO Newspaper Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Speed Painting in the city's streets
METRO Newspaper Tuesday, June 10, 2014-Think you can draw? Think again?