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    Meteoric rise to fame for talented pencil artist

    19/03/2013
    An up and coming artist has expressed his shock after finding fame after his lifelike pencil drawings were picked up by the world's media.

    An up and coming artist has expressed his shock after finding fame when his lifelike pencil drawings were picked up by the world's media.
     
    The Middlesex University Fine Art graduate’s pencil and charcoal drawings became a huge internet hit after his work was featured on the BBC London news, leading to further coverage across the globe and media appearances in countries including Nigeria, Italy, France and Denmark and most of the UK's national newspapers.
     
    He was even beamed into the homes of millions of people on a whirlwind tour of news programmes and chat shows, at the same time as the Middlesex University video that sparked the story went viral.
     
    Kelvin said: "It was unbelievable. The week before this all happened I was in my studio having an average week, and the next I was on TV and being Tweeted about by Tinie Tempah and Wretch 32. Before I would hope to sell one piece a month, but since I've sold five. It was an unexpected but amazing boost for my career."
     
    "I've even had feedback from Corinne Bailey Rae to say she likes my portrait of her, and sent Queen Noor of Jordan my drawing of the late King Hussein as a gift, and she responded to say she was delighted."
     
    Kelvin has now sold work to collectors from countries including Norway, Spain and Germany and the Tottenham based 27 year old is due to sign with a prestigious gallery in Mayfair imminently and plans to have his own solo exhibition next year.
     
    Fans can catch his photo realistic work currently on display in the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries down the road to Buckingham Palace, London, until Saturday 23 March 2013.  

    Hear more from Kelvin.

    Photo: Kelvin Okafor in front of his piece ‘Undeviating’ in the Mall Galleries

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