Works on Paper
Exhibited for the first time, each of the fifty-one ink pen on paper studies provide a glimpse into the artist’s painting process, as well as his overarching narrative of exploring the mythology of ancient West African Kingdoms—Yoruba kings, queens, and deities, both real and imagined.
Before Adeniyi-Jones begins to paint, he creates a small study or a series of studies in order to experiment with space, light, and color. Many of the environments he creates are seasonal—the same characters are shown repeatedly at different times of day and year, each work appearing with a different or slightly altered color mood. In the works, Adeniyi-Jones’s figures are androgynous and abstracted—their bodies are athletic and seem suspended in space. Each character is associated with tribal rituals, practices, and performance, which imbues each study with a rich history and context of the Yoruba diaspora.