ABE ODEDINA: BODY LANGUAGE


Abe Odedina, Cake, 2017, Acrylic on plywood
1:54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR
5-8th October
VIP Previews: 4th October
STAND G1B
Somerset House
London WC2R 1LA

Abe Odedina’s work is rooted in the rich figurative and oral traditions of African art, infused with a trace of magic realism. His paintings are exuberantly non-elitist, celebrating the power of the everyday and the mythical.

Odedina paints with acrylic on plywood, making flat surfaces with vibrant, stylised subjects that delight in the use of colour and symbols to create a figurative and imaginative pictorial statement. Odenina’s bold and hybrid visual language conjures energy from the streets and surfaces of his adopted home city London and from places like Lagos, Salvador de Bahia, and Port-au-Prince: the walls of temples, beer parlours, and love motels – advertisements for barbers, vulcanisers, and healers.

Abe Odedina exhibited at the 2017 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and was shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery BP Awards in 2013. In November 2017, Odedina’s work will be shown animated at The Carnegie Hall, New York as part of Dramatic Need’s “Children’s Monologues” directed by Danny Boyle. In 2019 Odedina will have a solo show at The Underground Museum, Los Angeles supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.