Gaius Nnite is a Nigerian artist living in London. He wanted to return home to?
Gaius Nnite is a Nigerian artist living in London. He wanted to return home to continue a career as a television graphic designer, so he spent six months making a portrait of Queen Elizabeth which he hopes to sell to pay for the trip.
The portrait, and others he does of people like Lord Thomson of Fleet, General Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria and President Kaunda of Zambia, take that long because Nnite uses a delicate but very time-consuming process called pointillism. With a tiny mapping pen, he mingles thousands of tiny dots to create the light and shadow of the complete portrait.
Lord Thomson, whose Thomson Foundation brought Nnite to England for art studies, was so impressed with his portrait that it now hangs in Thomson's Canadian offices.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of tiny dots make up this portrait of President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia. They are the patient work of Nigerian artist Caius Nnite, seen here working on the portrait in his London studio. Nnite's work for portraits of the famous is a painstaking method known as pointillism.
In this unfinished portrait, it can be seen how the messes of tiny dots, made with a mapping pen, create light and shade in the same way as painting. Among Nnite's portraits is one of Nigeria's President General Yakubu Gowon, shown here. It was a desire to raise money to return to Nigeria that led Nnite to spend six months on this portrait of Queen Elizabeth, taken from a postcard photograph.