Born in Hackney in 1972, Adebanji Alade holds a Higher National Degree in Fine art from the Yaba College of Technology and a Diploma in Portraiture from Heatherly's School of Fine Art. Alade's works have since been shown at the Mall Galleries in London with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Pastel Society, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters. Alade was made artist in residence for BBC's The One Show in 2015 and has since been commissioned by the BBC to paint portraits of Chris Eubanks, Gail Porter, Leslie Ash, Sam Fox and Adele Bellis. Adebanji Alade's work Skin was purchased from the 2015 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize. His first book, Addictive Sketcher, was published in February 2020. He is currently Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Alade describes his work as 'all about people and places.' Alade's preferred medium is oil but he also creates mixed media pieces in acrylics, watercolour and pastels. Alade strives for his paintings to capture the vitality and movement of the sketches they are born from.
In Skin, Alade masterfully applies oil paint to create subtle shifts in texture and light, placing an emphasis on the artist's carefully rendered skin through contrast with the frenetic mark-making that makes up the background of the painting.