MITOCHONDRIA GALLERY

“Strength in Unity”
Opening : 7 pm to 9:00 pm. Saturday. June 1st. 

Public Viewing: June 1st to June 22nd, 2024 

Address: 2220 Commerce Street #D, Houston, TX 77002

Mitochondria Gallery is pleased to present, Strength in Unity, a duo exhibition. This exhibition features new works by Nigerian artists, Odeyemi Oluwaseun and Okoye Chukwuemeka John. 

Strength in Unity is an exploration of the collective power found in coming together. In an era defined by division and individualism, this exhibition seeks to celebrate the unifying force that emerges when two individuals join hands. Utilizing figurative paintings, these artists works highlight the resilience, solidarity, and transformative potential inherent in unity.

The exhibition is grounded in the belief that unity is not merely a social or political concept but a deeply human one. It delves into the myriad ways in which unity manifests itself—through cultural traditions, social movements, activism, and personal relationships. Each artwork is a testament to the idea that our collective strength is greater than the sum of our individual parts.

By bringing these two artists together, the exhibition not only showcases artistic expressions of unity but also seeks to inspire a collective commitment to building a more united, resilient, and compassionate society.

EXHIBITED WORKS

Odeyemi Oluwaseun. Strength in unity
Odeyemi Oluwaseun. Solid backbone II. Acrylic, conte crayons, and charcoal on canvas.48 x 60in. 2024.
Odeyemi Oluwaseun. Togetherness I. Acrylic, conte crayons, and charcoal on canvas.48 x 60in. 2024.
Odeyemi Oluwaseun. Daddy’s Favorite. Acrylic, charcoal, and conte crayons on canvas. 48 X 36 in. 2024
Odeyemi Oluwaseun. Deep Thoughts. Acrylic, charcoal, and conte crayons on canvas. 36 X 36 in .2024
Okoye Chukwuemeka John. How you see me, how I See me II. Oil on canvas. 24 X 20 in. 2024
Okoye Chukwuemeka John. How you see me, how I See me I. Oil on canvas. 24 X 20 in. 2024
Okoye Chukwuemeka John Strength in Unity
Okoye Chukwuemeka John. Anasa. Oil on Canvas. 63 x 43 in. 2024.
Okoye Chukwuemeka John. Saint Bakhita I. Oil on canvas. 46 X 30 in. 2024
Okoye Chukwuemeka John. Saint Bakhita II. Oil on canvas. 46 X 30 in. 2024

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Odeyemi Oluwaseun

Odeyemi Oluwaseun (b. 1989) is a figurative painter that works with various mediums such as oils, pastels, conte, charcoal, acrylic and watercolors. Odeyemi’s artistic language involves the use of noncontinuous lines, that intersect in an anisotropic arrangement. He employs conte crayons to create depth, layers, light and texture on the skin of his subjects, in a manner that creates a tonality that is visually exclusive to Odeyemi’s work. The anisotropy in the arrangement of the colors on the skin of his subjects is always unique to the specific work and an ode to individuality. 

His combination of wet and dry media across each painting is a skill Odeyemi Oluwaseun thrives in executing. The muses in his work range from people who have played an integral part in life, to people from his locality and others who have inspired him from afar. Works by Odeyemi Oluwaseun are in public collections in North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2023. The Duality of Existence. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, TX.
2022. Resilience. Mitochondria Gallery, Houston TX.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2024. Strength in Unity. Mitochondria gallery. Houston, TX.
2024. In search of Dreams. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, TX.
2023 Multipolar: NADA Curated by Itzel Vargas Plata. Mexico City.
2023 When the Sun Stands Still. Mitochondria Gallery, Houston, TX. Gallery, Houston, TX.
2022 Spectrum Miami Art Fair. Mitochondria Gallery.
2022 I AM that I AM. Blue Gallery/Tiny Whitewall Gallery. NYC.
2022 Serenity. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, TX.
2021 Nuances and Emotions. Art Dependence. Antwerp. Belgium.
2021 60*60*60 Exhibition. OAU Ile-ife. Osun State.
2021 Experience the 2nd Exhibition. Kokopelli Gallery, Lagos.
2021 Miniature art fair. Ogirikan Gallery. Ikoyi Lagos
2021 The Nu-frican. A Contemporary art Exhibition. TAAG.
2021 Charity Art Exhibition. Art in Medicine. AAF Lagos.
2020 La Grand Bazart. Alliance Francaise Lagos
2020 Nosa Creative Exhibition.
2019 70th International Cultural Exchange of Art. Artcom Expo.
2019 So Far Exhibition. OAU final year Exhibition.
2018 Mydrim Affordable Art Fair. Mydrim Gallery
2018 Life in my City Exhibition. Ibadan
2018 Union Bank Art Challenge.

EDUCATION
Bachelors of Arts. Obafemi Awolowo University. 2020.

Okoye Chukwuemeka John

Okoye Chukwuemeka John is a Nigerian based artist, born on the 13th of January 1997. He studied art at the University of Uyo, Uyo Akwa Ibom State Nigeria. Being a realistic painter has always made him feel he has a voice even when he is not there to talk about his art.

He sees his art as a voice for himself and all those who can’t voice how they feel. He uses thin and thick layers of paint to create illusions of people’s emotions, through their facial expressions and body gestures. His preferred mediums of expression are oil on canvas and charcoal on paper. Okoye Emeka trained under the realist master Dennis Ani.

Okoye’s debut group exhibition occurred in the fall of 2022, at Mitochondria Gallery, where he garnered attention from art critics and collectors from North America to Asia, and beyond. This lead to his first Museum exhibition at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American Art history, Detroit Michigan. His debut solo exhibition “Such is Life”  at Mitochondria gallery, received major attention and excitement from the international scale.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Such Is Life. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, Texas. 2023

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
Double ID. Charles H Wright Museum of African American History. Detroit. Michigan.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Strength in Unity. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, TX. 2024.
In tender peaks, grace unfolds. Mitochondria gallery. Houston, Tx. 2024.
Place of Repose. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, TX. 2023.
Multipolar: NADA Curated by Itzel Vargas Plata. Mexico City. 2023.
Modern and Contemporary African Art. Sotheby’s. London, U.K. 2023.
Thurgood Marshall College Benefit Fund. Artsy. New York. 2022.
Latitudes of Expression. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, Texas. 2022.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts. University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom. 2021.

** Editors Note: Strength in Unity. Odeyemi Oluwaseun.  Okoye Chukwuemeka John. Mitochondria Gallery. 2024