Kemi Mai

Kemi Mai is an eighteen year old illustrator from Manchester who i am SUPREMELY JEALOUS OF. this girl can do amazing things with pixels. she makes her art using a tablet and photoshop. she is amazing, check out her work here and here.

My work starts with an idea derived from thoughts or abstract feelings, which I aim to express in a way that also appeals to me atheistically. Colour has become incredibly important to me, it can be so influential in setting the overall tone of the piece. I like to think of the majority of my paintings as visual representations of things that couldn’t exist organically in real life. Whilst an element of realism is important to me, I haven’t ever been interested in depicting a scene that resembles a photograph without a concept. My work isn’t weighted with messages intended to change the world, but it’s something through which I can be honest, and I appreciate that freedom greatly.

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4 Responses to Kemi Mai

  1. Amy V Wednesday 2 April, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing, now I’m jealous too! That’s some serious talent in one so young

  2. charlotte | the vintage vogue Wednesday 2 April, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    EIGHTEEN?! Wow.

  3. maggie Thursday 3 April, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    Holy COW these are stunning. Makes me feel like I have to get my butt in gear and jump on all of my creative endeavors while I am still somewhat “young”


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