Inspiration Mondays (Even though it's Thursday)
I get this question a lot: Who are your biggest inspirations? I thought that I would drop a new inspiration every week. I hope that you like their work as well and kind of connect the dots on elements that I take from their work. I also want to expand your knowledge of artists, mostly black, past just Basquiat. This week I will start with Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985, Ife, Nigeria) creates drawings utilizing diverse mediums to emphasize the striated terrain of an image and its formulaic representations.

Ojih Odutola has participated in exhibitions at various institutions, including Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017—18); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2016); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2015, 2012); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (2013); and Menil Collection, Houston, (2012).

Permanent collections include Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and the National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian).

She earned her BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Ojih Odutola lives and works in New York.

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