Paintings

These paintings were created in acrylic and digital media from my studio in Northern California.

Contact email: chubaoyolu@gmail.com
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Work in Series

“Iconic AF” Series, Installment #3: Imagineer

Acrylic Painting. Size: 24″ X 30″. Completed – 06/2018


Johnny Lennon and the Beatles are iconic. Full stop. I dare you to argue with me on that! The round rimmed spectacles are about as iconic as it gets in the music world. When I first sat down to start formulating the ideas for this series it became clear to me almost instantly that my iconic musician series would simply be incomplete without a Beatle. I chose Johnny because of his otherworldly song writing skills which I have always admired and taken inspiration from. Don’t ask me why, but blue rimmed spectacles just seemed right at the time. One of my dear friends called them “the business” when she first saw the piece… much to my amusement. This is the third piece of work in the “Iconic AF” series.

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“Iconic AF” Series, Installment #2: Soul Rebel

Acrylic Painting. Size: 24″ X 30″. Completed – 02/2018


I grew up in Nigeria with Iconic tunes from this great man blaring through pretty much every transistor radio in every local kiosk on every corner. My brain still takes me back to particular places and times when I hear some of his songs. Bob Marley was and remains a legend to us Nigerians and especially to me because of his courage and his musicianship. I mean this man literally got shot at during a concert and went back to playing the very next one as if nothing happened. When asked why he’d risk his life, his response was simple. I’m paraphrasing here, but it went something like: “the people who are trying to make the world worse aren’t taking days off, so those of us trying to make the world better can’t either”. I mean damn dude… #respect. This is the second piece of work in the “Iconic AF” series.

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“Iconic AF” Series, Installment #1: Voodoo Child

Acrylic Painting. Size: 24″ X 30″. Completed – 08/2016

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Full disclosure here… I’m about as big a fan of Jimi Hendrix as you’ll find anywhere so my objectivity on this matter is probably slightly warped. The style of his guitar playing is readily recognizable in my own guitar playing because I spent a ton of time copying and learning from the great man. I unfortunately never got the chance to see him in concert because he died way before I was born. If you haven’t listened to some of his iconic tunes (such as “Little Wing”, “Bold As Love”, “Wind Cries Mary”) I highly recommend that you do. This is the first piece of work in the “Iconic AF” series.

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Commissioned Artwork

Nwa Di Ana

Commissioned Acrylic Painting. Size: 24″ X 30″. Completed – 08/2017

This piece is very dear to my heart. It is an acrylic painting of my immediate older sister’s children. Took a lot longer to create than usual because I kept fussing over the details wanting to make it as perfect as I could manage. I left Nigeria before these two were born and didn’t really have a chance to get to know them. So this experience was doubly special because it felt like I got to really really know my sister’s children for the first time while studying their facial features and mannerisms. It was a joy to create this and know that it will be hanging in their house for a very long time.

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Sisi Gorimampa

Commissioned Acrylic Painting. Size: 24″ X 30″. Completed – 12/2016
Installment #1, “Sisi” series
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“Sisi Gorimampa” translates loosely from Yoruba to English as “bald sexy woman”. This work of art was commissioned by my sister Dr Uju Oyolu who lives in Southport, United Kingdom. Growing up in Nigeria, and going to so many weddings and festivals I was exposed to many female traditional dance groups. The ease with which they moved their full and curvaceous bodies obviously left an impact on me LOL! These women and the other beautiful women that I grew up in and around with inspired this painting which is basically a celebration of the feminine form. I’m eagerly looking forward to adding more works to the “Sisi” series.

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More to the genome than meets the eye

Commissioned Acrylic Mural. Size: 30ft X 7ft. Completed – 12/2013


I painted this mural over a period of ~6 months using acrylic media and a ton of paintbrushes. This was my first ever mural, and yes, that means I had no prior experience painting on a giant wall before this experience. This is the largest piece I have ever created, spanning about 210 sq ft. The mural was commissioned by my friend and ex Counsyl CEO, Ramji Srinivasan. A fun fact is that I was employed and serving as Founding Scientist at the company when I began and completed work on this mural. By far one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I’ll be forever grateful for having had this opportunity.

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Tulips

Commissioned Digital Painting. Size: 8.5″ X 11″. Completed – 07/2009
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This was commissioned by a really good friend of mine – Olgalydia – who served as the executive administrator at the Stanford Bioengineering department while I was a student there. She is hands down one of the sweetest people I know, and we still keep in touch thanks in part to the miracle also known as Facebook. It was still hanging in her office the last time I visited her which is such an interesting juxtaposition to my life as a scientist. What you create in an industrial scientific setting doesn’t last for very long at all by comparison.

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Butterfly

Commissioned Digital Painting. Size: 8.5″ X 11″. Completed – 09/2007
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Made this for my niece who lives in Houston when she was still a baby. She kept saying she wanted a butterfly so I made one for her at the request of her dad.

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6 thoughts on “Paintings

  1. Chuba you are amazing,i can`t believe you accomplished all that i read about you, Patent Inventor,takes cool,dude am proud of you.

    1. Thanks for the kind words man. I hope all is well.

  2. Impressive painting, and lighting!

    1. I appreciate the kind words George! You are obviously an appreciator of art… folks like you are always welcome here. Thanks for stopping by, stop by and see us again.

  3. Lovely work Chuba — very unique vision.

    1. Thank you! Stop by and see us again.

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