Patterns of Hope
Tunde Odunlade (Nigerian, b. 1954)
MediumBatik cotton, relief applique
DimensionsWork : 5 ft. 10 in. x 42 1/2 in. (1.8 x 1.1 m)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelTunde Odunlade first studied art with Yinka Adeyemi at the University of Ife in the 1970s. His practice mixes traditional craft and contemporary fine art techniques, and spans a variety of genres, including painting, printmaking and textiles. Odunlade drew inspiration for this piece from traditional Yoruba strip-woven and wax-resist textiles. By adding blocks of brightly colored fabric, he has created a basket-weave pattern that gives the textile an unexpected sense of depth and movement. Odunlade currently lives and works in Ibadan. In addition to being a visual artist, he is also a skilled flutist and political activist who campaigns against poverty and corruption.