‘Heartwood’ by Odera Igbokwe
Artist: Odera Igbokwe
Medium: Oil on board
Dimensions: 24″ x 16″
Framing: Framed (frame size: 31″ x 23″)
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artist:
Odera Igbokwe (They/Them & He/Him) is an illustrator and painter located on the unceded and traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Odera loves to explore storytelling through Afro-diasporic mythologies, Black resilience, and magical girl transformation sequences. Odera was born of Nigerian parents who immigrated to the United States, and as a result their work explores the magic of the Black imagination, and responds to the fractures that occur via diaspora and displacement. Ultimately their paintings celebrate joy, mundanity, and fantasy coexisting alongside pain and healing. As an artist and illustrator, Odera works with clients and galleries to create work that is deeply personal, soulful, and intersectional.
The centerpiece of Odera’s artwork is “Dance of the Summoner” which is a collection of paintings that explores spirituality, sacred traditions, and folklore from the African Diaspora. This work is a celebration of the fullness of self, the power to envision, and Fantasy as a gateway to healing from collective and generational traumas.