Read a recent article in the New Frame about the artist Chidinma Nnoli. The first paragraph described her work as poetry. And when you view her work, it’s very evident. There’s a quiet beauty to her paintings laced with layers of flowers and layered to provide texture. To see women so dark is very striking. You automatically want to lean in and learn more.

The public can see her work in New York City right now at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in Chelsea through October 8th.

There is a profound poetry in the lush pastels of Chidinma Nnoli’s paintings. Densely holding multiple meanings, her weighted coats of paint present a world of layered interpretations, plural and expansive.

Chidinma Nnoli (b. 1998, Nigeria) is a visual artist with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Benin. In 2020, she was selected for the Rele Arts Foundation Young Contemporaries exhibition. Select group exhibitions include: The Invincible Hands (2021), Shyllon Museum, Lagos, Orita Meta (2021), Rele Gallery, Los Angeles, and In Situ (2021), Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. Nnoli held her debut solo exhibition To Wander Untamed in 2020 at Rele Gallery, Lagos and had a solo presentation at the Armory Show in 2021. Her works have been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, and Colossal. She currently lives and works in Lagos.

The exhibition’s title is derived from Lavender, lavender, when will my feet catch fire? a poem Nnoli wrote in 2017.

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