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Meet the Nigerian artist who provided the body paint in Beyoncé’s Lemonade

STROKE OF GENIUS: Laolu Senbanjo

STROKE OF GENIUS: Laolu Senbanjo

MEET LAOLU Senbanjo, the artist behind the body art in Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

Brooklyn-based Laolu brought his practice of sacred Yoruba to the world after adorning the singers dancers in intricate white body paint for the track, Sorry.

Later on in the film, Beyoncé is also seen with a small amount of body art; white dots have been delicately placed above the curve of her eyebrows and dragged from her lower eyelid to her cheeks.

WORK OF ART: Beyoncé sports Laolu's work

WORK OF ART: Beyoncé sports Laolu’s work

Laolu will sit down with a model, which he calls his “muse,” for hours in order to meticulously adorn her body with geometric, swirling patterns, which he calls Sacred Art of the Ori.

He notes that the origin of this practice derives from a spiritual Yoruba ritual.

“In my language, Yoruba ‘Ori’ literally means your essence, your soul, your destiny,” he said.

“When I work with a muse, the muse, their Ori, and I become one. It’s the deepest, most spiritual experience I’ve ever had with my art as an artist.”

 

WORK OF ART: Laolu shows off his skill

WORK OF ART: Laolu shows off his skill

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