Collaborations & Inspiration! Watch Nigerian Artist Toyin Odutola And Solange Knowles Talk Music, Art, Skin!

Toyin Odutola is a Nigerian artiste whose works are fast gaining a lot of popularity on social media such as Tumblr and Instagram. The artistes whose works focus on the texture of the African skin had a chat with American singer, Solange Knowles as they talk collaborations between art and music, inspirations and putting out more information about the feel and texture of black skin.

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Lonely Chambers (T.O.), 2011, pen ink and marker drawing on paper by Toyin Odutola

The video, presented by Nowness media in collaboration with Edition Hotels and directed by Johnie Shand Kydd put these two strong women together to talk about inspiration and connecting with other artists.


Forbes featured Toyin Odutola in its 2012 list of 30 notable individuals under 30 in the category “Art & Style.” Odutola is best known for her self-portrait drawings, entirely or primarily done in black pen ink.

The pair have a mutual muse in Africa, as reflected in Knowles’ most recent EP release, True—which gave rise to the Cape Town-filmed video to “Losing You,” and My Country Has No Name, the third solo show from Odutula, who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Alabama. “It was months and months of creating, so it was really nice to have Solange’s voice in my head as I&#39m working,” explains Odutola of listening to her friend’s music. “Your message is something that really connected with me; I see myself in your work.”

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