upcoming EXHIBIT

Alchemy – Presenting the Work of Three Artists in Abstraction

Featuring Chieko Murasugi, Babatola Oguntoyinbo and Ikorma

Join the Frame & Print shop this January as we showcase the work of three local artists working in optic abstraction. This collection of vibrant and thought-provoking artworks transcends the tangible, inviting viewers to embark on a visual journey where emotions, colors, and shapes intertwine in a harmonious dance. This group exhibit pushes the boundaries of conventional art, challenging you to explore the limitless possibilities of abstraction.

Exhibit runs January 18th – March 8th, 2024

Join us for an opening reception, January 18th, 6-8pm.

Meet the Artists

Chieko Murasugi

Chieko Murasugi is an abstract painter and former scientist who was born in Tokyo, raised in Toronto, and lived in San Francisco for 20 years before relocating to North Carolina in 2012. She studied Visual Perception in humans (PhD Experimental Psychology, York U, Toronto) and monkeys (Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Medical School). After a decades-long painting practice, she earned an MFA in Studio Art from UNC-Chapel Hill (2019). Chieko has exhibited her work nationally at venues such as CAM Raleigh, and the Mint, Spartanburg, Wiregrass, Weatherspoon, and Ackland Museums. Her paintings reside in the collections of Duke University, and the cities of Raleigh and Durham. Chieko is a co-founder and co-curator of BASEMENT, an experimental project space in Chapel Hill.

Instagram: @cmurasugi

Babatola Oguntoyinbo

Babatola “Tola” Oguntoyinbo is a painter who develops his paintings using a layering process that allows his work to evolve on the painting surface over time. His pieces are not, for the most part, abstract works. Each piece will have a theme and a story behind them – headlined by the titles of the works. Most importantly, he doesn’t start his paintings with any sense of a story or theme in mind. Tola starts with working through his repeatable process and eventually through that the structure, composition, color, and theme will align enough for the finished piece to sit on – like the four legs of a stool. When you get up close to his works, the texture you’ll notice is evidence of his process and how he develops the structure of his work over time. Most of his pieces are developed over 40 or 50 layers, some works take more than 100 (sometimes the legs of the stool don’t want to work together right away). He takes a picture of each layer of a piece so you can see for yourself how it eveloved

Tola currently lives in Chapel Hill NC. He has 3 children, is currently the founder of a company called Shinebig.com, and on the Executive Committee of the Chapel Hill Chamber. He attended undergraduate (interdisciplinary Studies ’96) and graduate school (Journalism and Media, ’06) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s been painting for about 30 years.

Instagram: @tolaoguntoyinbo

IKORMA

Venezuelan plastic artist born from the united talents of Iñaki Martinez and his son Mango Martinez. Mango, the Apprentice of his father, works alongside his mentor and together they create fresh work with Surrealist and Modern influences. The project comes to life due to the need of both artists to express their creativity on various mediums. Mangan was raised amongst artists. Both of his grandfathers were painters and since he can remember he has had huge admiration for their works. His main inspiration, however, has always been his father. Mango is also an accomplished musician. Among his achievements is a Latin grammy with his rock band, VINILOVERSUS. Iñaki on the other hand, was trained as a civil engineer, but never abandoned his art. He studied painting for fourteen years with the well-known Venezuelan artist Miguel Renom and has been making art for over forty years. 

Instgram: @ikorma