Studio Blog

  • In the poignant words of Usher: “There goes my baby….” The last works for “Like the Sea” have left my studio. The next time I will see them is when they are all up together, framed and ready to be shown in May. Not sure how I feel at the moment. I’ll get back to you on that one….

  • medievalpocContemporary Art Week!

    Toyin Odutola

    Of Another Kind (2013)

    The series explores a reoccurring gilt-bronze, “Moorish” aesthetic invention oft evidenced in European Medieval and Renaissance art. The arena in which this aesthetic is played in the series removes the ever-present narrative of servitude and alienation (persistent in European depictions) to expand upon how “Black and Gold” as a palette can create a variety of narratives. The storytelling throughout "Of Another Kind" highlights how removing markers in portrayals (based solely on utility) can transform the very notion of what an aesthetic can become.

    Thanks for the shout out, medievalpoc! Adore your blog! Much respect. —TO

  • Toyin Odutola
    LTS XI
    (2014)

    Charcoal, pastel and marker on paper. Approx. 62 x 41.5 inches.

    And that completes the series. It hasn’t hit me yet, mostly due to the fact that it’s three in the morning. I suspect it will hit once everything is framed and up for the show. You can view the completed series here, and/or wait until May 1st to view them all in person. Many thanks to everyone for hanging in there with me. This series has been a labor of love and I am so grateful to my brothers for being the inspiration for this project. There aren’t sincerely sufficient words to describe how much I adore them; I could only express it all through these drawings and hope that they understand.  

  • What started out as a mistake in a former drawing is now the foundation which informs this one.

  • Finally, they look like they are in the same room, at least. Getting there….

  • One of the many costs. (Chuckles.) Can never really wear nice/new clothes. Or shoes for that matter. 

  • My biggest fear is that people may come to view my work as too solid and not complex enough in aesthetic and concept to be pursued or explored any further than what it is. It’s worse than failing. It’s so dismissive and restricting. To not be good enough nor to aspire high enough. It’s like a dagger to your pride. But it hurts more because in your mind you know.. You know your work means so much more.

    TO (Studio notes. Written: 13 December 2013)