Photo by Anna Francesca Jennings
Idris Veitch is a Jamaican/Nigerian visual artist who works with digital collage and mixed media. His body of work has been shown in solo and collaborative exhibitions in Nigeria, Japan and Jamaica, and also featured in online and printed publications including Nataal, African Digital Art, Vogue Girl Japan and Buzz Caribbean.
His journey started during his graduation collection in Esmod fashion school in Tokyo. Being half-Nigerian with very little familiarity of that side of his family, he began an intentional line of inquiry, which combined with his influences from Japan resulted in a collection filled with cross cultural references.
After graduation he continued to elaborate on the themes of intercultural fusion with a series of collages titled “African Masks X Ukiyoe”. This series combined masks from different regions in Africa with ukiyoe, a genre of Japanese art created using woodblock prints.
Veitch’s ongoing body of digital collages and mixed media represents a natural evolution filled with bright colours, contrasting elements and nods to Afrofuturism.