Collins Obijiaku

5801 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California 90232
Apr 30, 4 PM - 6 PM — ends Jun 04, 2022
Marking Collins Obijiaku’s inaugural solo presentation with the gallery, the exhibition brings together fifteen new portraits created over the last year. Unexpected Sittings explores the potential behind every interaction, and how in these dynamic and, at times complicated spaces, one can become inspired to an unfamiliar degree. As stated by the artist, "there is an unlimited wealth of ideas that are bound within the fabrics of chance conversations or interactions that unfold and progress naturally. And many of these ideas, or fresh perspectives, carry the potential to nudge us, as [either] individuals and groups, into the path of positive change."

Heavily influenced by a deep, familial connection to the cultural heritage and immediate environment around him, Obijiaku's paintings are infused with a sense of everyday life and personal experience. His portraits frequently depict human vulnerability, while examining identity and intimacy. Unexpected Sittings features family and friends—both old and new—painted in the same style: quarter-length portraits with unbroken eye contact, a shallow depth of field with no identifying background, and modern, organic colors. Fusing style with content, Obijiaku captures each of his subject's distinct personalities in the subtlest of detail.