Marking Collins Obijiaku’s inaugural solo presentation with the gallery, the exhibition delivers together fifteen new portraits designed in excess of the final year. “Unexpected Sittings” explores the probable behind every single interaction, and how in these dynamic and, at situations complicated areas, a person can develop into impressed to an unfamiliar degree. As said by the artist, “there is an unlimited wealth of concepts that are bound inside of the materials of opportunity conversations or interactions that unfold and progress naturally. And many of these ideas, or fresh perspectives, have the likely to nudge us, as [either] folks and teams, into the path of constructive change.”
Seriously influenced by a deep, familial connection to the cultural heritage and rapid atmosphere around him, Obijiaku’s paintings are infused with a perception of every day daily life and individual expertise. His portraits commonly depict human vulnerability, while examining identity and intimacy. “Unexpected Sittings” capabilities family members and friends—both outdated and new—painted in the exact same type: quarter-size portraits with unbroken eye get in touch with, a shallow depth of area with no determining background, and modern-day, natural colours. Fusing style with information, Obijiaku captures each and every of his topic’s distinct personalities in the subtlest of depth.
Obijiaku’s practice is recognizable for its distinct render, topographical linework, and emotive qualities. Doing work right on the floor of either paper or canvas, he slowly but surely builds out the contours of the deal with with sizeable skill. The outcome is a person not in contrast to silverpoint, a approach of drawing tricky to proper mastered by Albrecht Dürer. This embrace of both of those spontaneity and talent captures the intricacies of mark-earning, as well as the intangible characteristics of the depicted topic. The contrasting color and mild, and wealthy textural excellent of painted aspects, even more highlight the artist’s hand.
At Roberts Tasks, Los Angeles
until June 4, 2022