“I’m inspired by the African representation of deities. The Nigerian Ife culture specifically created sculptures that combined the natural features of actual leaders and a spiritual ideal. With my latest self-portraits, I’m exploring the role of an artist as a sort of deity.” So Kip Omolade told Ron English in Juxtapoz in the Winter 2018 issue a few years back. There are many ways to describe Kip’s work at a first glance, especially on a computer or smart phone screen, one of which the works either look digital or almost like 3D models. No, these are paintings, and as Ron English noted, he was “mesmerized by reflective surfaces and fully understand the complexities of painting oil on canvas to mimic…

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