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Working in a style the artist calls “cultural addition, combination, and collaboration,” Tunji Adeniyi-Jones draws on a range of sources from cubism and the Harlem Renaissance to medieval illuminated manuscripts and Nigerian modernist painting that inform his distinct approach to representation and abstraction. Adeniyi-Jones’s imagery is steeped in the aesthetics of his Yoruba heritage, with faces that resemble those of West African sculpture. Shown in a flat plane, they exist outside of time and space, pulling from disparate moments in global history and creating a place where multiple identities can coexist. Their flatness does not equate stillness, rather their limbs are active and their bodies kinetic, moving within densely patterned backgrounds.  

In his first project with Two Palms, Adeniyi-Jones explores the possibilities of monotypes, utilizing watercolor and crayon to elegantly render his figures in bright, densely saturated colors on the surface of a wood plate, the grain of which becomes a part of the work through the printing process. After the first printing, Adeniyi-Jones returns to the plate, reworking the image that remains. A faint ghost image of the first print resides with newly added marks in the second, a process that often results in unexpected and complex compositions. Reworking the same image multiple times suits the artist, who has an interest in the ritualized repetition of ceremonial practices and who often seeks calm through the reliability of repetition when working in his own studio.

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones (b. 1992, London, England) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received an MFA in Painting & Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art and a BFA from the Ruskin School of Art at University of Oxford. Recent solo exhibitions include Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York; White Cube, London and Paris; Morán Morán, Los Angeles; and Charleston, East Sussex, UK. Adeniyi-Jones’ work can be found in the public collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama; ICA Miami, Florida; MOCA Los Angeles, California; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida; and Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, among others. He was an inaugural recipient of the Black Rock Residency, Dakar, Senegal.

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Four Orange Figures, 2023

Four Orange Figures, 2023
Watercolor monotype
49 1/2 x 67 3/4 inches

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Lilac Shade II, 2023

Lilac Shade, 2023
Watercolor monotype
49 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Two Orange Figures, 2023

Two Orange Figures, 2023
Watercolor monotype
49 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Lilac Shade II, 2023

Lilac Shade II, 2023
Watercolor monotype
49 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023    Deep Dive, White Cube, Hong Kong, China
2022   Voix Intérieures, White Cube, Paris, France
2021   That Which Binds Us, White Cube, London, UK
2021   Melodic Virtues, Morán Morán, Los Angeles, CA
2019   Patterns and Rituals, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY
2018   Works on Paper, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022   In Our Time: Selections from the Singer Collection, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2022   Out of the Fire: The 14th Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
2021    Drawing Biennial 2021, Drawing Room, London, UK
2020    All of them Witches, curated by Laurie Simmons and Dan Nadel, Deitch Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Collections

Aishti Foundation, Lebanon
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Jerwood Collection, London, UK
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Longlati Foundation, Shanghai, China
Museum Azman, Malaysia
Nasher Museum of Art, North Carolina
National Museum of Norway
Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL
Ståhl Collection, Sweden
The Studio Museum, Harlem

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