ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, RASHEED BUSHURA – FOUNDER OF BUSHURA GALLERY

Rasheed kayode bushura, a unique and provocative artist, has been painting professionally for over 10 years. Born and raised in London, he studied Graphic arts and illustration at the University of East London. His technique has been described as Old Master and “smooth as silk.” Since 2011, Rasheed has concentrated on realistic portraiture, expertly capturing subtle aspects of personality. He maintains that the most challenging and rewarding subject of art is the human visage. Among other artistic honors, major paintings have been exhibited at the V&A museum, the nunnery gallery, shonibare studios and many more. As well premier private collections.

Rasheed developed his life long interests in art drawings and producing architectural works from an early age. These works were inspired when his mothers house unfortunately burnt down, in a effort to be supportive he embarked on a project to produce the blueprints for the new house, this rather unfortunate circumstance proved to be the road where he would discover his ability to be imaginative and creative in-fact seeing his drawings incorporated in the final masonry enthralled him. The great pride such works brought to himself and his close relatives instilled him a strong ambition to become a renowned artist.

In his teens taking a keen interest in design and technology plus art he outdone himself producing cherished works influence by greats like Picasso, Andy Warhol, Van Gogh and Robert Russienberg, relishing in his ability to be original he adds his own twist to his works though they shadow his role models.

However Resheed’s main theme for his works did not fully develop until completing his B.A honours in graphic arts and illustration, gradating in 2010 his works showed the maturity not only found in his style but in his interests, showing interests in ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, Mayans, Hindu and Greece; these are a small minority of his broad spectrum.

Rasheed has been hosting and directing projects, as of recent he has been involved in contributing his experience gained over the years to schools in east London helping to instil confidence in young people. Adept in using software’s such Photoshop, illustrator and in-design he designs and illustrates using the devices when necessary, he currently oversees RKB Enterprise providing a multidisciplinary art service to client worldwide, coordinating creative events and project management.

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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