News / Updates

Toyin Ojih Odutola is the recipient of the Apollo Artist of the Year Award for 2020.
A Countervailing Theory, Ojih Odutola’s solo exhibition at the Barbican Centre, London, has temporarily closed, starting the 5th November 2020, for a month, following recently COVID-19 lockdown measures by the UK government.  
Whitewall Magazine’s Fall 2020, “Collaboration Issue” features Ojih Odutola’s artwork on the occassion of her museum exhibition, A Countervailing Theory.
National Portrait Gallery, London, has unveiled the latest commissioned portrait in their collection, Sadie, 2019, of the celebrated writer, Zadie Smith, by Toyin Ojih Odutola.
TIME Magazine’s “100 Women of the Year” cover project, includes Toyin Ojih Odutola’s portrait of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter for the year 2014.

Selected Works
2012 — 2020

Tell Me A Story, 
I Don’t Care If It’s True


A series of anecdotal drawings: some images with accompanying, free-associative text, while some isolated picture and text narratives. All the works were created during COVID-19 quarantine in New York.

A Countervailing Theory

2019 — 2020

Barbican Centre, London, UK: 2020—2021

Kunsten Museum, Aalborg, Denmark: 2021

Hirshhorn Museum of Art, Washingston DC,
A recently unearthed ancient parable set in central Nigeria’s Jos Plateau. Comprised of 40 monochomatic drawings, created using pastel, charcoal and chalk on gessoed linen and board. Read as a single body of work, it questions the nature of mythologies we tell ourselves.