About Adebanji


1972 – Born in February, Hackney London

1992-1997 HND Fine Art, Yaba College of Technology

2003-2005  Diploma in Portraiture, Heatherley’s School of Fine Art

2012  Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters

2014  Elected a full member of The Guild of Fine Art, Nigeria

2014  Elected to the council of the Chelsea Art Society

2015  Started teaching at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, Chelsea.




My work is all about people and places.

I strive to bring the force and power of the sketch into every piece I embark on. I am a strong believer in sketching and I believe everything in art starts with a sketch, so, in my works you’ll always feel the power and sense of a captured moment. I work from life and from photo references but the mission is the same-to bring a lively sketchy feel to the completed piece.

I like to focus on people because I love the play of light, moods, emotions, beauty and the variety that each face brings. I also love places because I get inspired by the atmosphere, historical importance, mood and the play of light that a particular place can offer at any point in time.



I work directly from life or from photo references. I paint directly without building up successive layers of paint. I paint shape by shape, a technique I call inside-out, in which the painting is embarked upon from a spot inside the workspace and I spread out, still working shape by shape until the whole piece is complete. I also work from broad shapes to details, a technique I call outside-in, where the painting starts off with broad strokes to cover the ground and then finished off with details on the inside.

I mainly work with oils but I use acrylics, watercolour, pastels, Coloured pencils, charcoal and graphite and I also love to combine these in mixed media works too.