TY Bello recently launched a series of portraits with iconic men and women of Nigeria. However, this time, she went all out on an artistic shoot with popular singer, Adekunle Gold.
In the past, Bello had turned her lenses on men and women who have impacted the country in one way or the other, such as Olusegun Obasanjo and Pastor E.A Adeboye, Pastor Ifeanyi Adefarasin and Genevieve Nnaji via her Instagram page.
This time, the ace photographer showcased an elaborate, exclusive and utterly artistic shoot of Adekunle Gold, in his signature ‘adire’ look with black denim pants, adorned with an intricate and large gold sculpture over his shoulder.
According to Bello, via her Instagram account, “ADEKUNLE GOLD : BECOMING KING. I'm looking forward to attending his coronation...I got to hear unreleased music while I made his portraits...Nothing quite like his sound...He's the real deal...!He's about to be crowned and I'm certain.
I'm a songwriter myself...so I can tell...Nigeria and indeed the world are about to discover their new favorite genius...One day I'll be boasting about how I heard those songs before they came out .. The idea for @adekunlegold 's portraits came two days before he called me . I had just read about Bezaleel on Exodus 31 .. And how God gave him creative genius to work with Gold , silver and bronze .
I had made some art images that emotionally said everything I wanted but just never felt quite right ... Bezaleel's work spoke to me .. My work was missing some metal .So I began to study the use of metal in sculpture and design ....how to bring that into my work
I was trying to figure out which of my artist friends I'd like to collaborate with when Adekunle Gold's messages started flooding in . .. He sent me photographs of designs and concepts with gold elements and asked me what I thought ... I just smiled .. God had gifted me beautiful work and had taken time to prepare me .
I tried to stay calm as I started going on about how I was tying to decode Exodus 31 and bring it into my work .. And roughly described some ideas that I had for his album art .. I didn't need to say much more .. He was completely in.
I collaborated with Sobukola Oluwanisola , an artist friend of mine and we decided on using recycled metal built into crowns and deconstructed as pieces for the portraits. So here are our portraits Rustic and futuristic .. Our Adire clad .. King explorer ..Ready to launch!”