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Toyin Odutola

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Prove how much you have grown , 2013 Pen Ink and Marker on Paper 21 3/4 X 32 X 1 1/2 Inches Framed © Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
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"Everything she is can only be a fraction of what I am" , 2011 Pen Ink and Marker on Paper © Toyin Odutola
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Untitled, 2011 Diptych, Pen Ink on Paper © Toyin Odutola
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Untitled (Mask 1) , 2010 Pen Ink and Varnish on Cut Vellum © Toyin Odutola
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"AKATA" , 2013 Pen Ink and Marker on Paper © Toyin Odutola
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The Constant Wrestle , 2013 Marker on Black Board 15 X 20 Inches © Toyin Odutola
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The story of the hunt glorifies no one. (Homage to Chinua Achebe.) , 2013 Marker on Black Board 32 X 40 Inches © Toyin Odutola
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You are enough- as is. , 2013 Marker on Black Board 44 X 28 Inches © Toyin Odutola
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Untitled (part of a Polyptych), 2011 Ink on Paper 14”x11” © Courtesy of the artist & Rush Arts Gallery
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How much is a symbol worth? , 2013 Pen Ink and Marker on Paper 30 X 40 Inches © Toyin Odutola
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Untitled , 2010 Ink on Paper 14 X 11 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & Jack Shainman Gallery
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BV/TO, 2010
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Prove how much you have grown , 2013 Pen Ink and Marker on Paper 21 3/4 X 32 X 1 1/2 Inches Framed © Courtesy of the artist & Jack Shainman Gallery
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© Courtesy of the artist & The Jack Shainman Gallery
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The Philosopher, 2013-2014 Pen Ink and Marker on Board © Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Purchase, Collectors Group Fund. 2015.004
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Ife, Nigeria
Birth year
1985
Lives in
Alabama, U.S.A
Works in
Alabama, U.S.A
Representing galleries
Statement


STATEMENT OF METHODOLOGY


"Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I'm looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis. From there, the possibilities of portraying a fully-fledged person are endless."

Bio

Toyin Odutola (1985 - ) was born in Ife, Nigeria. She currently lives and works in Alabama, U.S.A. Odutola earned a BA from Alabama University and an MFA from the California College of Art in San Francisco, CA. Her work is held in public Collections including The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

CV


 
Born in Ife, Nigeria, 1985

EDUCATION

2012
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
MFA in Painting and Drawing
2008
University of Alabama in Huntsville
BA in Studio Art and Communications
2007
Yale University
Norfolk Summer School of Music & Art

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
Toyin Odutola - TBA, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (April 2013)
2011
Toyin Odutola: (MAPS), Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
2008
Toyin Odutola: A Colonized Mind, University Center Gallery, Huntsvillle, AL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013
Singular Masses, Memphis College of Art, Tennessee
(January 2013)
Black Hair: Black Identity, Iona College Chapman Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
(January 2013)
Moment for Ink, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
(February 2013)
Rendition (Collaborative Project), Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
(August - September 2013)
2012 - 2013
Fore and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
(November 8, 2012–March 10, 2013)
The Progress of Love, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX.
(December 1, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
2012
Falling Through Space Drawn by the Line, UB Art Galleries, University at Buffalo
(September 20–December 8, 2012)
Afro: Black Identity in America and Brazil, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico
(June 1–August 31, 2012)
California College of the Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition, CCA San Francisco Campus, CA
(Curator - Glen Helfand)
2011
Geoffrey Chadsey, Toyin Odutola and the Artifacts from Nagaland, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY.
(Curator - Claude Simard)
Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Awards Exhibition,
SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. (Juried by Panel)
The Black Portrait, Rush Gallery, New York, NY
(Curators - Hank Willis Thomas, Natasha L. Logan)
Selections on View, Contemporary Galleries of Birmingham Museum, Alabama
(Curator - Ron Platt)
Ουροβόρος | Ouroboros: An Exhibition & Reading, CCA Writer's Studio, San Francisco, CA
(Curators - Toyin Odutola, Nick Johnson)
2010
Common Ground, ARTLAB33 / Art Space, Miami, FL.
(Curator - Onajide Shabaka)
2008
Misc. Womanhood, Ori: Center for African Diasporic Culture, Oakland, CA.
(Curator - Muinat Kemi Amin)
UAHuntsville Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Huntsville, AL. (Juror - Brain Bishop)
Panoply Festival of the Arts, Huntsville City Council for the Arts. Huntsville, AL.
(Juried by Panel)
2007
Yale/Norfolk Student Exhibition, Norfolk, CT.
(Curator - Samuel Messer)


RESIDENCIES

Tamarind Institute, New Mexico (2012)
Flying Horse Editions, College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida (2012)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.

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