Richard Ayodeji Ikhide

MythMaking

August 7–September 11, 2021


Installation Views

<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021

MythMaking. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021

MythMaking. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021

MythMaking. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021

MythMaking. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021

MythMaking. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021

MythMaking. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021

MythMaking. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021

<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021 thumbnail
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021 thumbnail
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021 thumbnail
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021 thumbnail
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021 thumbnail
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021 thumbnail
<em>MythMaking</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2021 thumbnail


Works

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Anima Projection</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/8 x 46 1/8 inches (150.2 x 117.2 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Conversation with a Godhead</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/4 x 60 5/8 inches (150.5 x 154 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Initiation</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/4 x 38 5/8 inches (150.5 x 98.1 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Inu Itan 1 (Inside Story 1)</em>, 2021. Acrylic ink on paper, 22 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches (56.2 x 59.1 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide.<em>Inu Itan 2 (Inside Story 2)</em>, 2021. Pen and acrylic ink on paper, 23 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches (59.1 x 56.5 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Inu Itan 3 (Inside Story 3)</em>, 2021. Acrylic ink on paper, 22 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches (56.2 x 59.1 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Inu Itan 6 (Inside Story 6)</em>, 2021. Acrylic ink on paper, 22 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches (56.2 x 59.1 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide.<em>Mother Vessel</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 56 x 50 inches (142.2 x 127 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Piercing Thru</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 48 7/8 x 59 1/2 inches (124.1 x 151.1 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Symbolic Deconstruction</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/8 x 44 1/8 inches (150.2 x 112.1 cm)
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Yout Juice</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/4 x 35 7/8 inches (150.5 x 91.1 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Anima Projection, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/8 x 46 1/8 inches (150.2 x 117.2 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Conversation with a Godhead, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/4 x 60 5/8 inches (150.5 x 154 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Initiation, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/4 x 38 5/8 inches (150.5 x 98.1 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Inu Itan 1 (Inside Story 1), 2021. Acrylic ink on paper, 22 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches (56.2 x 59.1 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide.Inu Itan 2 (Inside Story 2), 2021. Pen and acrylic ink on paper, 23 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches (59.1 x 56.5 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Inu Itan 3 (Inside Story 3), 2021. Acrylic ink on paper, 22 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches (56.2 x 59.1 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Inu Itan 6 (Inside Story 6), 2021. Acrylic ink on paper, 22 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches (56.2 x 59.1 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide.Mother Vessel, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 56 x 50 inches (142.2 x 127 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Piercing Thru, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 48 7/8 x 59 1/2 inches (124.1 x 151.1 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Symbolic Deconstruction, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/8 x 44 1/8 inches (150.2 x 112.1 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Yout Juice, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/4 x 35 7/8 inches (150.5 x 91.1 cm)

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Anima Projection</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/8 x 46 1/8 inches (150.2 x 117.2 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Conversation with a Godhead</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/4 x 60 5/8 inches (150.5 x 154 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Initiation</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/4 x 38 5/8 inches (150.5 x 98.1 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Inu Itan 1 (Inside Story 1)</em>, 2021. Acrylic ink on paper, 22 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches (56.2 x 59.1 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide.<em>Inu Itan 2 (Inside Story 2)</em>, 2021. Pen and acrylic ink on paper, 23 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches (59.1 x 56.5 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Inu Itan 3 (Inside Story 3)</em>, 2021. Acrylic ink on paper, 22 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches (56.2 x 59.1 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Inu Itan 6 (Inside Story 6)</em>, 2021. Acrylic ink on paper, 22 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches (56.2 x 59.1 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide.<em>Mother Vessel</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 56 x 50 inches (142.2 x 127 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Piercing Thru</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 48 7/8 x 59 1/2 inches (124.1 x 151.1 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Symbolic Deconstruction</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/8 x 44 1/8 inches (150.2 x 112.1 cm) thumbnail
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. <em>Yout Juice</em>, 2021. Watercolor on paper, 59 1/4 x 35 7/8 inches (150.5 x 91.1 cm) thumbnail

Steve Turner is pleased to present MythMaking, a solo exhibition by London-based Richard Ayodeji Ikhide featuring paintings that are inspired by his Nigerian heritage and his desire to record the images of his subconscious. He conflates memory, family history and cultural iconography to create images that have a figurative core but are completed with colorful abstract gestures and patterns. According to Ikhide, the works in MythMaking represent his desire to make coherent his inner psychic reality, and as that is a murky and mystical endeavor, the works inevitably are comprised of abstract gestures and marks.

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide (b. 1991, Nigeria,)  earned a BA in textile design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London (2014) and Postgraduate Diploma at The Royal Drawing School, London (2017). He has had solo exhibitions at the Zabludowicz Collection, London (2019) and V.O. Curations, London (2021). MythMaking is his second solo exhibition at Steve Turner.

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide creates paintings and drawings inspired by his Nigerian heritage as well as his interest in other civilizations and mythologies. The works have a figurative core, but they are completed with colorful abstract gestures and patterns. According to Ikhide, “Many cultural histories converge in my work. During the course of my life, I have absorbed a lot of information, and when I make work, I intuitively respond to it and my life experiences. In doing so, I aim to bring together past, present and future as well as multiple geographies and cultures.”


1991, Lagos, Nigeria
Lives and works in London

Education

2017
Postgraduate Diploma, Royal Drawing School, London

2014
BA, Central Saint Martins, London

2011
Foundation Diploma, Central Saint Martins, London

Solo Exhibitions
2021
MythMaking, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Cosmic Memory, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Future Past, V.O Curations, London

2019
Osmosis, Zabludowicz Collection, London

Group Exhibitions
2020
No Horizon, No Edge to Liquid, Zabludowicz Collection, London

2018
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, John Moores University, Liverpool; South London Gallery, London

2017
Best of Drawing Year 2018, Christies, London

2015
Obscurity, Somewhereto, London

Residencies and Awards
2021
V.O Curations Residency, London

2018
Clothworkers’ Award 1st Prize, The Clothworkers’ Company and Central Saint Martins, London

Bibliography
2021
“Richard Ayodeji Ikhide on education, icons and visual identity,” The Face, July 8

2020
Lily & George. “Isolation Interviews: Richard Ayodeji Ikhide,” Brooke Bennington, Issue 17
Maher, Daniel Milroy. “Swim 03 – Changing Mediums,” Swim Magazine

2019
Luckraft, Paul. “Richard Ayodeji Ikhide interviewed by curator Paul Luckraft,” Zabludowicz Collection, May 1

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