Represented by:

Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
T: +1 212 645 1701

Current Exhibitions


︎ Toyin Ojih Odutola, The UmuEze Amara Clan and House of Obafemi, 2021 (TBA)

︎ Toyin Ojih Odutola, Reginald Moore, Tell Me A Story, I Don’t Care If It’s True, 2021 (TBA)

︎Toyin Ojih Odutola, Zadie Smith, Lotte Johnson, A Countervailing Theory, 2020 (Barbican Centre)

︎ Toyin Ojih Odutola, Dr. Leigh Raiford, Emily Kuhlmann, A Matter of Fact, 2018 (Museum of the African Diaspora, MoAD)

︎ Toyin Ojih Odutola, Claudia Rankine, William J. Simmons, The Treatment, 2015-17, 2018 (Anteism Books)
︎ Toyin Ojih Odutola, Alphabet: A Selected Index of Anecdotes & Drawings, 2012.

& Surveys

Surveys & Exhibition Catalogs:

Vitamin D3: Today's Best in Contemporary Drawing, 2021 (Phaidon)

Jasmin Hernandez, We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World, 2021 (Abrams Books)

Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham,
Black Futures, 2020 (Penguin Random House)

Amir Marashi, A Woman’s Right to Pleasure, 2020. (BlackBook Publishing)

Phil Sanders, Prints and Their Makers, 2020 (Princeton Architectural Press)

Sarah Urist Green, You Are An Artist: Assignments To Spark Creation, 2020 (Penguin Random House)

Alison Gingeras, Unrealism: New Figurative Painting, 2019 (Rizzoli)

Claire Gilman, For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn, 2018 (The Drawing Center)

Shannon Fitzgerald, Katherine Navarro, Dr. Robert Feldman, Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art, 2018 (Mennello Museum of Art)
Trent Morse, Ballpoint Art, 2016 (Laurence King Publishing)

Joey Yates, Joey Aldy Milliken, Material Issue, 2016 (Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft)

Lauren P. Della Monica, Bodies of Work: Contemporary Figurative Painting, 2015,
(Schiffer Publishing)

Pamela McClusky and Erika Dalya Massaquoi, Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, 2015 (Yale University Press)

W. Rod Faulds, Sybille Canthal Welter, southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art,2014 (Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, Florida Atlantic University)

Sharon E. Bliss, The Moment for Ink, 2013 (Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Silicon Valley Asian Art Center)

Lauren Haynes, Naima J. Keith, and Thomas J. Lax, FORE, 2012 (Studio Museum in Harlem)

Kristina Van Dyke and Bisi Silva, Elias K. Bongmba, Francesca Consagra, Banning Eyre, The Progress of Love, 2012 (The Menil Collection and Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts)

Book Covers & Commissions:

Kayo Chingonyi, A Blood Condition, 2021 (Penguin Random House)

Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other, 2020 (Companhia das Letras, Brazil)

Zora Neale Hurston, Tell My Horse:Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica, 2020 (HarperCollins Publishers, Amistad Books)

Helon Habila, Travelers, 2020, (W. W. Norton & Company)

Shane McCrae, Sometimes I Never Suffered, 2020 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

George S. Schuyler, Black No More, 2018 (Penguin Classics)

Jennifer C. Nash, Black Feminism Reimagined After Intersectionality, 2019 (Duke University Press)

Samiya Bashir, Field Theories, 2017 (Nightboat Books)

Paul C Taylor, Linda Martín Alcoff, Luvell Anderson, The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race, 2017 (Routledge Philosophy Companions)

Periodical Cover Commissions:

TIME Magazine, 100 Women of the Year, March 2020

The New York Times Magazine, The Lives They Lived, December 2018

Album Covers:

Peter Adjaye & Toyin Ojih Odutola, Ceremonies Within, 2020 (Vinyl Factory)

Audio & Video

Press Link List


PORTER, 11 Incredible Women on the lessons they learned in 2020.
ArtReview, Unspooling Stories: The Drawings of Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Rahel Aima.
Frieze, Top 10 Shows in the UK and Ireland of 2020, by Mimi Chu.
Toyin Ojih Odutola Proposes a Countervailing Theory, by Katy Donoghue.
Creative Review, The best book cover designs of 2020, by Mark Sinclair.
Artforum, The Artists’ Artists, Jo Baer: Toyin Ojih Odutola.
Artsy, The Most Influential Artists of 2020: Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Allyssia Alleyne.
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Toyin Ojih Odutola wins 2020 Alumni of Achievement award for Outstanding Young Alumni, by Russ Nelson.
Apollo Magazine, Apollo Awards 2020: Artist of the Year, Toyin Ojih Odutola.
GQ, Russell Tovey and Robert Diament highlight their favourite black artists, by Kamin Mohammadi.
GQ Style, For the Culture, by Kamin Mohammadi.
Apollo Magazine, Apollo Awards 2020: Artist of the Year Shortlist.
Flash Art, Reviews: Toyin Ojih Odutola, “A Countervailing Theory” Barbican Centre, London by Kareem Reid.
The Quietus, Utopias Are Traps: Toyin Ojih Odutola On A Countervailing Theory, by Amah-Rose Abrams.
The New York Times, 2 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now: Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Jason Farago.
Harper’s Bazaar, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Yaa Gyasi Talk Making Art and Opening Doors.

Jack Shainman Gallery, States of Being Reading Room: Toyin Ojih Odutola on Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower.
New York Magazine, ‘I Voted’ Stickers for Everyone Who Needs One: A New York Magazine collaboration with 48 artists.
The New York Times Magazine, Seeing Black Futures, by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham.
The Brooklyn Rail, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Tell Me A Story, I Don’t Care If It’s True, by Amber Jamilla Musser.
Connaissance des Arts, L’artiste nigérienne Toyin Ojih Odutola reçoit le prix Jean-François Prat 2020, by Iseult Cahen-Patron
Artforum, Critics’ Picks: New York, Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Cassie Packard.
Apollo Magazine, 40 Under 40 Africa: Toyin Ojih Odutola.
HyperAllergic, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Skillfully Flips the Script of Art History, by Naomi Polonsky.
Apollo Magazine, Master class – a fictional civilisation makes its mark at the Barbican, by Cora Gilroy-Ware.
OCULA, Spotlight: Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Rory Mitchell.
CoBo Social, Toyin Ojih Odutola: A New Myth from an Ancient African Plateau, by Herbert Wright.
Frieze, Toyin Ojih Odutola Imagines a Prehistoric Civilization Where Women Rule, by Rianna Jade Parker.
The Art Newspaper, Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend, by Kabir Jhala and Louisa Buck.
JUXTAPOZ, A Countervailing Theory: Toyin Ojih Odutola at The Curve, Barbican, London, by Evan Pricco.
The Art Newspaper, Queer, Black, out of this world: Toyin Ojih Odutola's drawings flip power structures in Barbican show, by Louisa Buck.
iNews, Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory, Barbican, review: a magnificent achievement, by Hettie Judah.
Riot Material, Unveiling the New Creation Myth in Toyin Ojih Odutola’s “A Countervailing Theory”, by Christopher P. Jones.
Culture Whisper, Review: Toyin Ojih Odutola, A Countervailing Theory, Barbican Curve, by Teresa Guerreiro.
Hackney Citizen, Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory, Barbican, exhibition review: ‘Powerful aesthetic and concept’, by Sarah Birch.
DAZED, Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola imagines a world ruled by powerful women, by Emily Dinsdale.
The New Yorker, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Visions of Power, by Zadie Smith.
Observer | The Guardian, Interview, Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola: 'I’m interested in how power dynamics play out', by Killian Fox.
Penguin Random House UK, Footnotes: Zadie Smith portrait unveiled in National Portrait Gallery.
The Guardian, New myths, Manet and an intimate guide to the Amazon – the week in art, by Jonathan Jones.
Apollo Magazine, Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory.
T Magazine, The T List: A New Show By the Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Rachel May.
AnOther, The Best Things To Do Before The Summer Is Out.
Barbican Centre, The power of storytelling: Toyin Ojih Odutola.
Something Curated, Interview: Toyin Ojih Odutola On Her New Exhibition At Barbican Art Gallery, by Keshav Anand.
T Magazine, A Calming Meditation on Nigeria’s Jos Plateau, by Toyin Ojih Odutola.
The Jean-François Prat Prize 2020 Welcomes the Work of Three Artists, by Lola Desmole.
Widewalls, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Immersive Barbican Commission Soon On View, by Balasz Takac.
, True Story, by Yaa Gyasi.
Culture Type, Toyin Ojih Odutola Calls Her Portrait of Zadie Smith a ‘Love Letter to Black Britain’, by Victoria L. Valentine.
Apollo Magazine, Opening season – exhibitions not to miss in the UK this summer: ‘Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory’, by Samuel Reilly.
The Enigmatic Stories beneath Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Lush Drawings, by Gabrielle Bruney.
The Art Newspaper, ‘A love letter to Black Britain’—NPG portrait of White Teeth author Zadie Smith is Brent bound.
All Arts, London's National Portrait Gallery revealed a new portrait of Zadie Smith by Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Britt Stigler.
National Portrait Gallery,
An interview with Zadie Smith and Toyin Ojih Odutola by Katy Hessel.
Art: See Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Jerry Satlz.
The Paris Review, Staff Picks: Brownstones, Ballpoint, and Belonging, by Elinor Hitt.
Culture Type
, New Drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola Pair Powerful Portraits with Invented Stories, by Victoria L. Valentine.
ArtNet News,
On View: Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Latest Show Combines Automatic Writing With Arresting Portraits Made During Lockdown, by Caroline Goldstein.
The New York Times, Opinion: I’m a Black American. I Had to Get Out, by Tiffanie Drayton.
Vulture, The Couch Gallery Crawl, by Thomas Benfield.
AnOther, In Pictures: The Transporting Drawings of Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Belle Hutton.
Whitewall, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s “Tell Me A Story I Don’t Care If It’s True, by Lola Desmole.
British Vogue, Five Lovely Things To See & Do This Weekend.
CNN Style, 'Skin is a terrain': Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola on drawing intricate portraits of black life, by Jacqui Palumbo.
JUXTAPOZ, "Tell Me A Story, I Don’t Care If It’s True": New Works on Paper by Toyin Ojih Odutola.
WePresent, Toyin Ojih Odutola: A picture can tell you a lot if you let it, by Allyssia Alleyne, 2020.
them, “Embrace the Brick, Honey:” Miss Major, Bill T. Jones and More on What Queer Utopia Means to Them, by Wren Sanders.
New Orleans Museum of Art, Object Lesson: The Garden Party by Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Katie Pfohl.
Condé Nast Traveler, I Drove 300 Miles Through the Low Country for Life-Changing Food, by Osayi Endolyn.
National Public Radio, 5 Easy Art Projects To Enjoy During Social Distancing, by LA Johnson, 2020.
Mr. Welfare Podcast, A New York Minute with Toyin Ojih Odutola by Mr. Gandy.
TIME, The Stories Behind TIME’s 100 Women of the Year Cover Project, by D. W. Pine.
AnOther, Spring Has Sprung: Brilliant Things To Do in March, by Belle Hutton and Daisy Woodward.
British Vogue, 7 Inspiring Exhibitions By Female Artists To Visit This Spring, by Louise Long.
The Guardian, Palette Cleansers: Our Photography, Art and Architecture Picks for 2020, by Adrian Searle, Jonathan Jones, Oliver Wainwright and Sean O’Hagan.


The Guardian Weekend, So long, 2010s: the decade in review: My Change-Maker of the Decade, Solange Knowles on Toyin Ojih Odutola.
Luncheon Magazine, Issue No. 8: What Her Daughter Sees by Toyin Ojih Odutola with Questions, by Reginald Moore.
PAPER, PAPER People: Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Khalid El Khatib.
The Georgia Review, Introduction, by Katie Geha.
The Sole Adventurer, Can Blackness Exist Autonomously?, by Kojo Abudu.
The Associated Press, Ellen Burstyn, Ann Curry and Others Read at Poetry Benefit.
Cultural Politics, Duke University Press, Resisting the Singular Narrative, by Deborah Frizzell.
The Massachusetts Review, Volume 60, Issue 1, Recent Work, by Toyin Ojih Odutola.
HyperAllergic, A Probing Look at How We Perform and Present the Self, by Harry Tafoya.
ArtDaily, Original exhibition examines the representation of fluid identity.
The New York Times, Artwork Taken From Africa, Returning to a Home Transformed, by Jason Farago.
The New York Times, For Opacity, by Will Heinrich.


The New York Times Magazine, The Lives They Lived,.
Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art, To Wander Determined, by Jody Cutler.
ArtNews Magazine, ‘Mark-Making As a Land Your Eyes Traverse’: Toyin Ojih Odutola Talks with Zadie Smith, by Shirley Nwangwa.
The Drawing Center, Thoughts on For Opacity with Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Elijah Burgher, and Toyin Ojih Odutola.
Filthy Dreams, ‘I’ve Got Loyalty,’ Got Royalty Inside My DNA: Toyin Ojih Odutola’s When Legends Die, by Emily Colucci.
The Art Newspaper, Three shows to see in New York this weekend.
The New York Times Magazine, Seven Boundary-Pushing Cultural Moments of 2018.
Big Red & Shiny, The Social and Private Life of the Black Bourgeoisie: Toyin Ojih Odutola at the Hood Downtown, by Denis Mutungi.
The Brooklyn Rail, Toyin Ojih Odutola: When Legends Die, by Amber Jamilla Musser.
ArtNews Magazine, PinchukArtCentre Names Shortlist for 2019 Future Generation Art Prize, by Alex Greenberger.
The New Yorker, Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Johanna Fateman.
The Paris Review, There Is No Story That Is Not True: An Interview with Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Osman Can Yerebakan.
The New York Times, Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Jillian Steinhauer.
OCULA, New York Exhibitions: The Autumn Lowdown, by Jareh Das.
Art & Object, When Legends Die Brings a Family Tree to Life at Jack Shainman Gallery, by Chandra Noyes.
W Magazine, Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Is Reimagining the History of Nigerian Slaves as Royals, by Diane Solway.
The Brooklyn Rail, The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness, by Nico Wheadon.
Vanity Fair, Spectacular Now: Toyin Ojih Odutola.
OCULA, Manifesta 12: Cultivating Coexistence, by Jareh Das.

Vogue, Reimagining Black Experience in the Radical Drawings of Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Dodie Kazanjian.
Hood Museum, Toyin Ojih Odutola: The Firmament, by John Stomberg, 2018.
Art Papers, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Testing the Name, by Logan Lockner.

British Vogue, Zadie Smith On The Extraordinary Artwork Of Toyin Ojih Odutola.
Black Visual Impulse, Tour: 'Toyin Ojih Odutola: Testing the Name' at SCAD MoAD.
Frieze, Unselfconscious is the New Black for Emerging Artists of Colour, by Chase Quinn.
Artsy + Dior, The Artsy Vanguard: Newly Established.

i-D, Nigerian Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Paints Radically Soft Visions of Black Wealth, by André-Naquian Wheeler.
The Art Newspaper, SCAD honours Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, by Victoria Stapley-Brown.
Public Books, Toyin Ojih Odutola, The Treatment 2015–2017, by Anne Higonnet.

The New York Times, Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Martha Schwendener.
MUSE Magazine, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Art Portrait, by Kathleen Hefty.
CULTURED, Solange Knowles and Toyin Ojih Odutola Talk Sound, Art and Architecture.
Kadist, Toyin Ojih Odutola.
HyperAllergic, The Permanence of Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Invented World, by Seph Rodney.

Whitney Museum of American Art, "Toyin Ojih Odutola: By Her Design," by Rujeko Hockley and Melinda Lang.
Girls at Library, Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Barnard College, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Orzeck Artist-in-Residence Investigates Meanings of Racial Identities.
Columbia Spectator, Barnard’s Black History Month kicks off with panel featuring Toyin Ojih Odutola, Mary Sibande, by Sophie Kossakowski.
Daily Beast, Toyin Ojih Odutola Challenges Blackness in Art—and Racism in Trump’s America, by Lyne Lucien, 2018.
Barnard Magazine, Making Her Mark, On Campus, by Makeda Best.


Elephant Magazine, Artists of the Year: 2017.
ArtReview Magazine, Ten exhibitions to see this month: December 2017 Previews, by Martin Herbert.
HyperAllergic, A Year of Magical Figurative Art.
Whitewall, 30 Artists With a Lasting Impact in 2017.
Walker Arts Center, Guest Lists, 2017: The Year According to Brad Ogbonna.
Broadly, 2017's Breakout Artists Brought Marginalized Identity to the Fore, by Sarah Burke.
Black Visual Impulse, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Surface & Blackness, by Jessica Owens.
Interview Magazine
, Toyin Ojih Odutola defies conventional portrayals of black bodies, by Kat Herriman.
IFA Contemporary, Unpacking the Layers of Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined, by Indira Abiskaroon.
CULTURED, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Young Artists to Watch in 2018, by Jessica Lynne.
Elle, Women in Art Issue, by Molly Langmuir.
The New Yorker, Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined.
L'Officiel USA, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s To Wander Determined Is a Must-See at The Whitney, by Eduardo Alfonso.
Elle, Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Finally Gets Her Due at the Whitney, by Sasha Bonét.
Vogue, At the Whitney, a Vision of Africa—Without the Colonialist Meddling, by Julia Felsenthal.
Art Net News, See the Opulent Portraits That Took Toyin Ojih Odutola From the Set of ‘Empire’ to the Whitney, by Caroline Goldstein.
GARAGE Magazine, Toyin Ojih Odutola Imagines A World In Which Slavery Never Happened, by Aruna D'Souza.
The Cut, This Whitney Artist’s Drawing Appeared on Empire, by Rozanne Els.
JUXTAPOZ, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Infinite Possibility, by Kristin Farr.
ARTNews, Toyin Ojih Odutola Named Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College, by Alex Greenberger.
Barnard College, Visual Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola to Join Barnard College as Orzeck Artist-in-Residence.
Modern Painters Magazine, Toyin's artistic stroke, by Joseph Akel.
The New York Times Style Magazine, Five Artists Respond to: Charlottesville.
Brooklyn Based, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s “To Wander Determined” opens at the Whitney, by Regina Mogilevskaya.
The New York Times Style Magazine, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young African Immigrant," by Taiye Selasi.
Lenny Letter, "The Artist Who's Giving Side-Eye to the Art World," by Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite.
MOUSSE Magazine, Exhibitions:  “Vanishing Points” at James Cohan, New York.
Artforum, Reviews: "Toyin Ojih Odutola, Museum of the African Diaspora,"
by Leigh Raiford.
NYLON Magazine, "Toyin Ojih Odutola Uses Art To Challenge Invented Constructs Of The Self," by Sydney Gore.
Artforum, Critic's Picks: San Francisco, "Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Kim Beil.
Daily Serving, A Matter of Fact: Toyin Ojih Odutola at Museum of the African Diaspora, by Maria Porges.


Artforum, “Best of 2016," by David Adjaye.
KQED, MoAD’s “A Matter of Fact” Luxuriates in the Trappings of Imaginary Wealth, by Matthew Harrison Tedford.
Aperture, Vision & Justice, Issue 223, Summer 2016, "Toyin Ojih Odutola: A New Grammar for Blackness," by Claudia Rankine.
Forbes, "Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Explores and Questions the Construct of Blackness," by Adam Lehrer.
Whitewall, "Toyin Ojih Odutola's 'Of Context and Without' at Jack Shainman Gallery," by Emory Lopiccolo.
Artforum, Critic's Picks: New York, "Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Ian Bourland.


Interview Magazine, "Traveling with Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Emily McDermott.
The Huffington Post, "Stunning Ballpoint Imagery Explores Blackness And The Power Of Ink," by Claire Fallon.
Wallpaper Magazine, "Toyin Ojih Odutola explores race and identity in black and white," by Michael Slenske.
Saint Heron, "Interview: Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Tanekeya Ward.
The Creators Project, "Journey Down Toyin Ojih Odutola and Kilo Kish's Creative Roadmap," by Kilo Kish.
The New York Times Style Magazine, "The Male Muse, Depicted by Women," by Leanne Shapton.
BOMB Magazine, Interview with Ashley Stull.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Toyin (Ojih) Odutola created 'singular work' for CAM, by Sarah Bryan Miller.
Studio International Magazine, "Toyin Ojih Odutola: ‘I’m no longer interested in portraying what I think I am in my work,’" by A Will Brown.


Modern Painters Magazine, "Toyin Ojih Odutola's Rich Figures, Born of Modest Medium," by Michael Slenske.
ArtNews Magazine, "Making Cutting-Edge Art with Ballpoint Pens," by Trent Morse.


The San Francisco Chronicle, "'The Moment for Ink': Show frees artist," by Kimberly Chun.
Interview Magazine, "Toyin Ojih Odutola and the Public Struggle," by Julie Bramowitz.
The New York Times, "Reflections:  '26 July, 4:50am' by Toyin (Ojih) Odutola, Studio Museum in Harlem," by Holland Cotter.

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