11 September 2019 to 15 September 2019

10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

Threadneedle Space

Admission Free

This retrospective will feature a never seen before portrait of The Beatles’ John Lennon. Kelvin Okafor’s most ambitious piece to date took more than 215 hours to create the photo-realistic portrait. Using just graphite and charcoal pencils, Okafor effectively captures the essence of the legendary singer, songwriter and peace activist with his emotional realism.

Alongside the unveiling of John Lennon, Okafor will be showcasing a selection of drawings from over the past 10 years. The art selected has contributed to the appreciation of Okafor’s painstakingly meticulous craftsmanship across the world. Earning him numerous awards nationwide, applause from art critics and becoming the first commissioned artist to have a pencil portrait on permanent display in the House of Commons.

Okafor has exhibited with The Pastel Society, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, where he was awarded The de Laszlo Foundation Award in 2013.

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