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, 2018.007.03
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. 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 his chin. The viewer’s perspective is slightly above the figure, looking down at his head. He is positioned at an angle, with his left shoulder cut off and the top of his head reaching about two-thirds of the way up the composition. He has a neutral expression and stare straight ahead, facing the bottom left corner. The only color comes from his thin, crimson necklace that ends beneath his shirt and the gold leaf that outlines his white, ribbed, scooped tank top.