Monday, October 31st, 2011 | 3 Comments

Toyin Odutola

There’s a strange reversal of impression that occurs when looking at the work of Toyin Odutola. The initial impact of stark inky black figures and faces, set against a crisp white background, gives way to an overall feeling of depth and subtlety. The eyes of the portrait subjects lock on you, and it’s that gaze that trumps the stylistic effects that you’d first noticed in the image.

Odutola’s drawings, done in pen ink, have a singular attention to detail. While abstracting and stylizing skin texture, musculature, and hair; the images achieve a sense of realism, feeling as if drawn from photo-reference. The portraits have overtones of race and gender politics, but never succumb to simple messaging.

The Nigerian-born artist, currently completing her MFA at The California College of the Arts, is showing at Jack Shainman Gallery, Oct 13 – Nov 12 in Geoffrey Chadsey, Toyin Odutola and Articfacts From Nagaland

Inetrview with Toyin Odutola on TheGoodGoodBlog

Untitled (Fade into Monochrome) GIF animation. 2011

Untitled. Pen Ink and Marker on paper. 11 x 14 inches. 2011

Untitled. Pen Ink and Marker on paper. 11 x 14 inches. 2011

Untitled. Pen Ink on paper. Diptych. 7 x 11 inches (each). 2011

Untitled (Sequence 6). Diptych. Pen Ink on paper. 7 x 11 inches (each). 2011

Untitled (Sequence 6). Diptych. Pen Ink on paper. 7 x 11 inches (each). 2011

Ishmael. Pen ink and marker on paper. 11 x 14 inches

You can have her..if you can find her. (No. 1). Pen ink and marker on paper. 9 x 12 inches. 2011

Untitled GIF animation. 2011

Do what you will. It’s all the same to me. GIF animation. 2011

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