Full of nuance and depth, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s drawing depicts a woman in the foreground who is staring directly at the viewer. What’s most striking is the way Odutola portrays her luminous, radiant skin. There’s also a fluidity to the way the different patterns, from the leaf print on the wall to the woman’s elegant dress, play together. Using charcoal, pencil and pastel, Odutola’s drawing looks almost paint-like.
Original: Toyin Ojih Odutola, Paris Apartment, 2016–17. Charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper, 59 3/8 42 inches. Private collection, New York.
24 x 36 in.
Toyin Ojih Odutola is a Nigerian-American contemporary visual artist known for her vivid multimedia drawings and works on paper. Her unique style of complex mark-making and lavish compositions rethink the category and traditions of portraiture and storytelling. Ojih Odutola's artwork often investigates a variety of themes from socio-economic inequality, the legacy of colonialism, queer and gender theory, notions of blackness as a visual and social symbol, as well as experiences of migration and dislocation.