“The Duality of Existence”
Opening : 7 pm to 9:00 pm. Saturday. November 4th.
Public Viewing: November 4th to November 25th, 2023
Address: 2220 Commerce Street #D, Houston, TX 77002
Mitochondria Gallery is pleased to present “The Duality of Existence,” the second solo exhibition by Nigerian artist, Odeyemi Oluwaseun. In this presentation, Odeyemi embarks on an introspective journey, delving into the profound dualities that define the existence of a young adult in the vibrant and culturally rich city of Lagos, Nigeria. The concept of duality, a central theme in Odeyemi’s work, serves as a guiding thread that unravels the intricate relationship between opposing forces and phenomena, a reflection of the very essence of human existence. It is through these contrasting experiences that we come to comprehend the depth and richness of life itself. Odeyemi utilizes vibrant colors throughout this body of work that contrast with dark, warm backdrops. In a literal sense, the darkness of the paint in these underscores the importance of light. “The Duality of Existence” invites us to contemplate the delicate balance of life’s dualities and the profound wisdom that can be gleaned from embracing both sides of the proverbial coin.
About Odeyemi Oluwaseun
Odeyemi Oluwaseun, (b. 1989) is a visual artist from Ogun State in the western region of Nigeria. He currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria. Odeyemi’s formal artistic training began at the Polytechnic Ibadan, where he obtained a National Diploma in Fine Art in 2015. He furthered his artistic education at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife where he obtained a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art in 2020.
Odeyemi Oluwaseun 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.
The background of Odeyemi’s work features a textured monochromatic color scheme embedded with his anisotropic non-continuous intersecting lines which are usually created using acrylic paint. 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. Since 2018, Odeyemi has participated in over 14 group exhibitions across Africa, Europe, and North America.
Bachelors of Arts. Obafemi Awolowo University. 2020.
2023. The Duality of Existence. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, TX.
2022. Resilience. Mitochondria Gallery, Houston TX.
2023 NADA Curated. NADA. Mexico City, Mexico.
2023 When the Sun Stands Still, Mitochondria Gallery, Houston, TX.
2022 Spectrum Art Fair Miami. Mitochondria Gallery.
2022 Serenity Exhibition ( a group show @ Mitochondria Gallery Texas)
2022 I AM that I AM group Exhibition ( Bluegallery NYC/ Tiny Whitewall Gallery)
2021 Nuances and Emotions. Art Dependence. Antwerp. Belgium
2021 Miniature art fair ( @Ogirikan Gallery, Ikoyi Lagos )
2021 The Nu-frican. A Contemporary art Exhibition (TAAG @Artsy )
2021 Charity Art Exhibition ( A group show by Art in Medicine @ AAF Lagos )
2020 La Grand Bazart ( Alliance Francaise Lagos )
2020 Nosa Creative Exhibition ( a virtual group 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
** Editors Note: The Duality of Existence. Odeyemi Oluwaseun. Mitochondria Gallery. 2023