Khalid Balogun A.K.A. Khalltemi_art is from Lagos State, Nigeria. He was born on the 23 of July, 2002 in Warri, delta state. He resides in Lagos. He attended Deen Foundation school at the primary level and Crescent Schools at the secondary level. His affinity for drawing is second to none.
He started drawing since he was 5. He always liked drawing and used to compete with friends when he was young. He didn’t start the shading style of drawing until age 12. It took him a long time to discover his art style. He is now a full-time realistic floral/landscape artist. His style uses hyper-realistic moving water, flowers, landscape, and other natural elements in a contemporary surrealistic way to express his inner thoughts and perspective. His artistic goal is to afford his audience a sense of attachment and presence in those places artistically represented in paintings by him. It will interest you to know that if Khalid has food available at home without having to go to school, he would draw 24/7. His drawing takes him to very distant intellectual places. While growing up in the art world, he replicates directly the drawing of greats like M. C. Escher and tutors like Philip Berill. He is still developing his own path in Contemporary realistic floral/landscape art.
I love Nature. Nature is life and everything revolves around it. That is why I try to represent nature and its elements in the best way possible. My love for nature is indeed profound and is my driving force to every art I create. I try to be in close circuit with these elements as much as possible which is why I love to visit beautiful natural scenes thereby gathering inspiration.
Hi Khalid. When did you first begin working with floral/landscape art, and how did you discover that this is your field?
Khalid: It was when I drew my first landscape “Fruit Juice”. The moving water. It made me feel so emotional and connected with nature and I found that I felt passionate about nature drawings.
You say you would draw 24/7, and I really admire that. How far you think you are from that accomplishment, in the sense that you can live nicely only from your work?
Khalid: I think I can actualize that as soon as I’m done with university. When I’m free from school. I will try to engage in a lot of solo shows.
You say your art Inspiration comes from flowers, landscape, and other natural elements. Is there a message you are trying to send with your art?
Khalid: My art is basically a process of creating sceneries and embedding in them a voice which can be interpreted by mere looking at it. I want people to see the fluid and aesthetic elements of nature and find peace and serenity thereby making life easier.
What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Khalid: It is enough time. I don’t really have all the time I want to draw but I always ensure that before I sleep everyday, I put something on paper.
You are a young and talented artist, but how has your style changed or evolved over the years?
Khalid: I initially only based my art on contour lines cos I feared I didn’t know how to shade. But when I entered grade 6, my mom bought me a drawing kit of Phillip Berill the flying artist, it was from his book I learnt shading technics. I started by shading directly shadings of other artist but along the line, I got the confidence to shade myself, I then started with portrait drawings but later based in floral/landscape art.
Can you describe a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?
Khalid: I grew up in Warri, Delta state and my environment was a riverine area. So, growing up I naturally fell in love with plants and water, which in turn created that desire to draw sceneries.
Who are your biggest influences?
Khalid: @oreapparrels a renowned artist in Nigeria has really played a great part in grooming my art skill. I usually plan new works with him and he listens attentively and guides me in creating my art. Also my school teachers who trained me on how to create art. I will be forever grateful to Mr Dunga and Mr Mashall.
What is your most recent piece of art that you have enjoyed working on the most?
Khalid: definitely ” Khalligraphy 1”. I loved the way I was able to combine floral/landscape style with religious messages, which in turn beautified the message in a personalized way.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Khalid: Brick-lane gallery and Ogirakan gallery made positive comments on my work. Also, I normally write short poems under my artworks but a recent one I posted on Facebook Titled” lost” got a lot of my followers impressed and I got a lot of thumb up comments on my write up. These experiences made me feel really good.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Khalid: I post on Instagram and this is where I have most followers and I update it regularly.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Khalid: I see my self in a room surrounded by children who love art, creating amazing art pieces I taught them to create, all of us expressing ourselves.