I am Ikenchukwu Solomon, popularly known as Solomon Iken, Born and working in Nigeria as a Hyperrealist Artist; graduated from Babcock University with a B.Sc in International Law and Diplomacy.
Early in my life, I always had a liken to everything pencil on paper and now despite my degree I find myself being a full time Pencil Artist specializing in photorealism through the medium of graphite and charcoal; since the year 2017. In the category of Hyperrealism, I see my art as the realest means through which I can express my appreciation for life by drawing its essence.
I love to draw faces and capture emotion with great attention to detail and all that makes a countenance!. Working with charcoal as a preferred medium has been a great deal in achieving that.
My art is borne out of errors and in my mistakes presents an opportunity for perfection. I draw inspiration from life experiences (especially mine) and in most cases anything that acknowledges the presence, the essence of and appreciation for life, happiness and beauty (as expressed through facial emotional gestures and body postures of drawing subjects).
My motivation for making art comes from my daily desire to be more confident, consistent and concentrated. These ideals have aided me through my journey as an artist till this very day! ~ Ikenchukwu Solomon
“Mmiri” (water), Charcoal on Paper, 18 x 24 inches.
“Perspective” charcoal on paper, 18 x 24 inches.
‘Breath of Eve’ Inspired by the significance of the woman’s existence! Through Eve we all have our being and our essence there of. Done in Charcoal on Strathmore 18′ x 24′ inch drawing paper.
‘A Joy to Have I & II’ As inspired by the joy of having children as expressed through a little child’s facial expression and body posture as well as a sense of appreciation when gifted! Both done in Charcoal on Strathmore medium drawing sheets, 18′ x 24′ inches.
‘Melancholia’ A self inspired portrait!. Capturing the intense emotion of sadness and dissatisfaction but shaded by Hope. Done in Charcoal on Strathmore 36′ x 26′ inch drawing paper.
‘Face of freedom’ As inspired by the Mandela 100th Day Celebration! Done in Charcoal on 16 x 24 inch cardboard paper.