Toyin Ojih Odutola
(American, born Nigeria,
Four-color lithograph with gold leaf
24 x 16 1/2 in. (60.96 x 41.91 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by Seattle Art Fair, 2018.007.01
This print is one of three in a series of portraits, each showing a different perspective of the same figure on a nickel-colored background. The figure is shown from the chest up, and the composition is cropped at his shoulders, so his arms are not visible. He has black skin that is peppered with small, white clusters of linear patterns, resembling the texture of muscle fibers. He presents male, with short, tightly curled black hair and closely cropped facial hair along their chin. His black eyes peer slightly to the right of the viewer. He appears calm and his neutral mouth is slightly agape. The only color comes from his thin, crimson necklace that ends beneath his shirt and the gold leaf outlining his white, ribbed, scooped tank top.