South Woodford artist draws portrait of Prince on anniversary of musician’s death
PUBLISHED: 10:04 05 May 2020 | UPDATED: 09:53 06 May 2020
A South Woodford artist marked the fourth anniversary of musician Prince’s death by unveiling a pencil portrait which took hundreds of hours to complete.
Kelvin Okafor, who said he connected with Prince on a spiritual level, wanted to honour the artist on the anniversary last month.
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His original intention was to draw a portrait based on the famous photograph by Herb Ritts with Prince’s eyes closed.
Kelvin said: “Half way through the portrait the pandemic hit and after a very vivid dream I had about Prince, I felt inspired to open up Prince’s eyes to highlight a state of alert presence.
“To be in the now and to be fully aware of our surroundings as a subconscious response to the events we are facing.”
Some of Kelvin’s work hangs in the Houses of Parliament and he’s completed portraits of Winnie Harlow, Naomi Campbell and John Lennon.
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