Yiya is a publication comprised of selected pages from Richard Ayodeji Ikhide’s sketchbooks. Taking its title from the Yoruba word for ‘drawings’, this never before seen collection of graphite, pen, ink and watercolour drawings and inscriptions shines light on the visual language that forms the bedrock of his practice. The book provides viewers with an entry point into the world in which Ikhide feels most free to record, invent and imagine.
Yiya marks the artist’s solo show with V.O Curations, ‘Future Past’ (11 February - 20 March 2021), and celebrates the rich preparatory content he has produced over the course of the past six years.
Richard Ayodeji Ikhide (b. 1991 Lagos, Nigeria) studied Textile Design at Central Saint Martins, followed by a Postgraduate degree at the Royal Drawing School, London. Working between graphite, ink and watercolour, Ikhide’s focus on drawing is tied to an interest in the mark-making of our ancestors, and the affective dimensions of a two dimensional practice. Taking inspiration from diverse archives and artefacts, Ikhide seeks to manifest the spiritual in material form. Recent exhibitions include Unmasked (online) with Daniel Raphael Gallery (2020); Isolation Interviews (online) with Brooke Benington, London (2020); Osmosis at Zabludowicz Collection, London (2019); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 at John Moores University, Liverpool and South London Gallery, London; Best of Drawing Year 2018, Christies, London (2017), and Obscurity at Somewhereto, London (2015). Ikhide’s work has been acquired by the Royal Collection.
Published by: V.O Curations Design: Ernest Wereko Introduction by Kate Wong Language: English Pages: 160 Size: 19.5 x 13.7 cm Softcover ISBN: 978-1-8384479-0-8 Publication Date: March 2021