Marking Collins Obijiaku’s inaugural solo presentation with the gallery, the exhibition delivers jointly fifteen new portraits developed about the last 12 months. “Unexpected Sittings” explores the potential guiding every single conversation, and how in these dynamic and, at times complicated areas, 1 can grow to be impressed to an unfamiliar diploma. As mentioned by the artist, “there is an unlimited prosperity of suggestions that are sure within just the materials of prospect discussions or interactions that unfold and progress naturally. And many of these ideas, or fresh perspectives, carry the likely to nudge us, as [either] folks and groups, into the route of favourable change.”
Heavily affected by a deep, familial connection to the cultural heritage and fast setting all-around him, Obijiaku’s paintings are infused with a feeling of every day lifetime and own experience. His portraits commonly depict human vulnerability, while analyzing identification and intimacy. “Unexpected Sittings” capabilities loved ones and friends—both outdated and new—painted in the same model: quarter-length portraits with unbroken eye call, a shallow depth of field with no figuring out track record, and modern day, natural colors. Fusing type with material, Obijiaku captures each and every of his topic’s distinctive personalities in the subtlest of detail.
Obijiaku’s practice is recognizable for its distinct render, topographical linework, and emotive qualities. Performing instantly on the area of both paper or canvas, he little by little builds out the contours of the experience with considerable ability. The influence is just one not compared with silverpoint, a system of drawing challenging to suitable mastered by Albrecht Dürer. This embrace of each spontaneity and ability captures the intricacies of mark-building, as well as the intangible traits of the depicted topic. The contrasting coloration and mild, and loaded textural good quality of painted information, more highlight the artist’s hand.
At Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
until finally June 4, 2022