Black Portrait


Here’s something brand new for you. It’s a veritable visual treat from a recent MFA graduate from the California College of the Arts in Painting and Drawing.

Black Portrait is a series of images created using ballpoint pen ink (wow!), and it’s the beautiful and accomplished work of Toyin Odutola who’s originally from Ife in Nigeria, but was later raised in Alabama, USA.

There’s no point me rambling on about what I think of this work, as it’s obvious that I like it – so here’s a statement from the lady herself;


“Black Portrait: Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I’m looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis. From there, the possibilities of portraying a fully-fledged person are endless.”

Great description of her work… love to know what you think? Feel free to leave any comments (good or bad) below.








Paul Herron

Paul is a lover of all things digital. He’s seen the rise of digital over the past 20 years and is still excited by how it can transform a business. He also likes internet cats and (still) has a teenage crush on Björk.

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