In Introspective Paintings, Artist Ocom Adonias Explores Narratives of Darkness

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August 19, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Here after”, oil on canvas, 200 x 180 centimeters. All images © Ocom Adonias, shared with permission

Fusing history with today’s political and social contexts, Ocom AdoniasThe work of interprets the experience of moving through the world in a black body. Her vibrant, realistic paintings depict people in ordinary moments of ritual, loneliness and bonding, focusing on individual narratives to convey a larger message. “I am particularly interested in the global conversation about what it means to be an African and to be Black, the history and representation of the black figure in a contemporary sense,” he shares.

Having worked primarily with charcoal on newspapers for years, Adonias has recently transitioned to oil paint, replacing the blurry layers of his earlier works with bold color palettes and clean lines. He continues to focus on those around him, however, translating their conversations into intimate, introspective pieces.

The artist is based in Kampala, Uganda, and has a residency in Montresso Art Foundation scheduled for this fall. Currently he is working on a painting referring to Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” myth and fresco, which you can follow on instagram.

“Letters from us”, newspapers and oil on canvas, 150 x 130 centimeters

“The secrets of the saloon (we are who we were)”, oil and collage on canvas, 130 x 150 centimeters

“King Adebwa”

“Utopia duality”, newspapers and oil on canvas, 200 x 150 centimeters

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