Antjuan Oden is a poet and performance artist as well as a painter.
To Oden, his most recent works are "heavy with whispers of
places, people and experiences." The paintings are a journalistic
expression of thoughts and emotions from the artist's life, including
his recent incarceration at the Washington State Correction Center.
Oden was born in Birmingham in 1971, and has been painting since
he was a child. He paints on found objects, paper and wood. The
artist employs a variety of media, including acrylic paint, ink
and oil pastels. Consistent symbols are found in Oden's works, which
often to refer to lines from his poetry.
Oden lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Birmingham before relocating
to Tacoma, Washington in 1998. His work recently was exhibited at
the Seattle Museum of Art. In addition, his work has been featured
in Art Papers, and appeared in the exhibition Obsessive Collectors
at The Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta.