The Nigerian-born Ojih Odutola is known for intimate portraiture in her signature graphic style. Using bold lines and colors, Ojih Odutola renders the dark skin of her subjects with organic forms that give them a fascinating texture, one that seems to shine and move. Having had solo exhibitions at many major institutions, Ojih Odutola, 33, is a highly accomplished American artist.
For this series, Ojih Odutola takes an even closer look at her subjects. By creating a narrative through imagined snapshots of their everyday lives, she has developed a full context for her characters, building a world for them and the viewer. The fact that the artist has been immersed in this world is evidenced by its completeness. According to Ojih Odutola, “I've been consumed by these characters for three years now and it's been surreal, humbling and insanely stressful, but also very beautiful and instructive. It's time to draw it all to a conclusion.”