Toyin Odutola

Toyin Odutola

Born in 1985, Ife, Nigeria.

Artist Statement:

"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."

Education:
  • 2012. MFA, California College of the Arts
  • 2008. BA in Studio Art and Communications, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • 2007. Norfolk Summer Residency for Music & Art, Yale University
 
Solo exhibitions:
          
  • 2013. My Country Has No Name, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, May 16–June 29, 2013.
  • 2011. Toyin Odutola: (MAPS), Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, May 26–June 25, 2011.
  • 2008. Toyin Odutola: A Colonized Mind, University Center Gallery, Huntsvillle, Alabama
 
Selected group exhibitions:          
  • 2013. Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, (March 24–August 25).
  • 2013. The Moment for Ink, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, California, (February 23–March 23).
  • 2013. Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity, Memphis College of Art, Hyde Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee, (January 23–March 9).
  • 2013. Black Hair: Black Identity, Iona College Chapman Gallery, New Rochelle, New York, (January 20–February 21).
  • 2013. The Progress of Love, Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, (December 1, 2012–March 17).
  • 2013. Fore and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, (November 11, 2012–March 10).
  • 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).
  • 2011. Geoffrey Chadsey, Toyin Odutola and Artifacts from Nagaland, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, (October 13–November 12).
  • 2011. Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Awards Exhibition, SOMArts, San Francisco, (August 17–September 16).
  • 2011. The Black Portrait, Rush Gallery, New York, curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Natasha L. Logan, (March 31–May 21).
  • 2011. Ουροβόρος | Ouroboros: An Exhibition & Reading, California College of the Arts Writer's Studio, San Francisco. Curated by Toyin Odutola and Nick Johnson.
  • 2011. Selections on View, Contemporary Galleries of Birmingham Museum, Alabama
  • 2010. Common Ground, ARTLAB33 / Art Space, Miami. Curated by Onajide Shabaka.
  • 2008. Flesh and Bone: Mixed Media Exhibition of Bodies and Nature, Madrone Lounge, San Francisco. Curated by Leila Fakouri.
  • 2008. Misc. Womanhood, Ori: Center for African Diasporic Culture, Oakland, California. Curated by Muinat Kemi Amin)
  • 2008. UAHuntsville Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2008. Panoply Festival of Arts, Huntsville City Council for the Arts, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2007. Yale/Norfolk Summer Art Program Student Exhibition, Norfolk, Connecticut
  • 2007. Huntsville City Summer Art Stroll, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2006. UAHuntsville Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Huntsville, Alabama
 
Awards and Grants:          
  • 2011. Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship Award
  • 2008. Erzulie Veasey Johnson Painting & Drawing Award, UAHuntsville
  • 2007. Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship Grant, Yale/Norfolk
 
Residencies:
  • 2012. Tamarind Institute, New Mexico
  • 2012. Flying Horse Editions, College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
 
Public Collections:
  • The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.