Continuing its 2020-2021 season, Hooks-Epstein Galleries proudly presents a solo show for Nigerian-born artist, Kingsley Onyeiwu. "WANTING", an exhibition of drawings, will begin on Saturday, March 27, 2021, with the Exhibition Opening from 3:00–5:00P.M. The artwork of Kingsley Onyeiwu embodies a blend of traditional and contemporary aesthetics. In his latest body of work, "WANTING", Onyeiwu delves further into the subject of his figures and explores an array of thoughts channeled through works ranging from fashionable portraiture to evocative abstraction. The use of color in certain pieces serves as a symbol of the changes and feelings that are invoked in relation to the passage of time. "WANTING" draws inspiration from a wave of events and situations that challenge, if not alter, the viewer’s understanding of societal perceptions. Onyeiwu not only explores certain moments and eras throughout the course of history with his pieces, but he also celebrates his cultural background and the narrative of the African diaspora. Echoes of pride, memories, otherworldliness, and confrontation reverberate from the theme of his works. Kingsley Onyeiwu earned his B.A. from Texas Southern University (TSU), where he was influenced by the works of Dr. John Biggers, Kermit Oliver, and Robert Pruitt. He earned his M.F.A. in Painting from Houston Baptist University (HBU), where he cultivated a deeper understanding of the philosophy around his works, while expounding on ideas beyond the layers of portraiture. In 2019, Onyeiwu had a solo show, "Shadows of Time", at Hooks-Epstein Galleries. In 2018, he participated in the 2018 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at HBU. In 2017, he took part in the Citywide African American Artists Exhibition at TSU, where he was awarded 2nd place. Kingsley Onyeiwu resides in Houston, where he currently teaches art at TSU. Kingsley Onyeiwu’s "WANTING" will open on March 27, 2021. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays by appointment only and Saturdays open to the public from 11:00AM–4:00PM. ***FACE MASKS are REQUIRED; your cooperation is much appreciated.***
Exhibition Dates: 
Saturday, March 27, 2021 to Saturday, May 29, 2021

A Mindful Moment

A Mindful Moment, 2021, soft pastel on paper, 22 x 30 1/4"

Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun, 2021, soft pastel on paper, 15 x 12 3/4"


Solitude, 2021, charcoal on paper, 15 1/4 x 20"

While Time Passes

While Time Passes, 2021, charcoal on paper, 15 x 20"


Wages, 2021, charcoal on paper, 15 1/4 x 11"

The Soul

The Soul, 2021, charcoal on paper, 15 3/8 x 12 3/4"

With Confidence

With Confidence, 2020, charcoal on paper, 39 3/4 x 26 1/4"


Stoic, 2020, charcoal on paper, 30 x 20"


Amendment, 2020, charcoal on paper, 37 1/4 x 24 1/2"

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From the Heart

From the Heart, 2021, soft pastel on paper, 15 x 11"


Reborn, 2021, charcoal on paper, 50 x 38"