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Abe Odedina will make his New York debut in a solo presentation with Diane Rosenstein Gallery. The Nigerian-British artist, who is based between London and Bahia, Brazil, creates bold compositions centered on the figure but they are not portraits in a traditional sense. Blending formal elements of Renaissance portraiture with influences ranging from Haitian Vodou to African studio photography to folk art, Odedina describes them as “figurative propositions, devices to explore ideas around our shared humanity, the triumphs and tragedies of daily life.” Infused with a kind of magical realism, his iconography also plays on the symbolic significance of recurring motifs such as birds, which connote a divine force and a higher state of consciousness in Yoruba culture.
About the Gallery
Founded in 2012, Diane Rosenstein Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in Hollywood, California. The gallery represents emerging, midcareer, and established artists in all media.
Abe Odedina, That Ship Has Sailed, 2022, Acrylic on plywood, 50.25 x 50.25 inches. Courtesy of Diane Rosenstein Gallery
Abe Odedina, Triumphal Arch, 2022, Acrylic on plywood, 62 x 47.5 inches. Courtesy of Diane Rosenstein Gallery
Abe Odedina, With A Cherry on Top, 2021, Acrylic on plywood, 33.5 x 31 inches. Courtesy of Diane Rosenstein Gallery