Oda and Kit King are a husband and wife oil painting duo, known for their edgy hyperrealistic portraits.
With a focus on light manipulation and how this affects the viewers emotional response to an image, they are able to capture a fleeting moment in time with a heightened sense of reality.
An odaking painting evokes a deep sense of emotion, influenced not only from an in-depth tangibility executed through texture and a high level of detail, but jointly with a sincere passionate portrayal of contemporary art born through love.
Oda (husband) was born December 24th 1984, in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Kit (wife) was born November 29th 1987 in rural Ontario, Canada; where the duo now reside spending their days painting together. Both Oda & King are retired tattooers, after spending 7 years each in the tattoo industry, the artists decided to drop the machine for brushes and pursue painting full time.
The couple met on Instagram when Kit was perusing the #artnerd tags, and stumbled upon a drawing posted by Oda, that was identical- to the last detail- of a piece Kit had recently finished at the time. "At first I thought he had seen mine and decided to replicate it. When I noticed the time stamp was two weeks before I shared mine. Right away he had my interest. Who was this guy who drew the exact same thing I did? I had to know."
Oda and Kit started following one another's works after this. Some time had passed when Oda reached out to Kit, asking if she'd like to collaborate on a piece together. The two fell in love while discussing how they would merge their art. "We connected right away. I knew I had to be with her", says Oda.
This is when Oda decided he would make the trek from the southern United States, across the Canadian boarder to the Ontarian countryside to meet Kit and collaborate in person. "As soon as we did our first painting together, we knew that's what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives."
Oda and Kit King not only married their lives, but married their art.
"This just made sense. Our best work comes when we work as one. We're fortunate that our work blends so seamlessly together. Especially with working in photorealism. I'd never heard of a duo painting photorealistic pieces together. I think what makes it work so well is that it's not a typical collaboration. It's not two separate artists, with two distinct hands coming together to create a unified piece. But rather, when we paint together it's as if we become one painting entity. Our vision, process, and execution could not be anymore fluid.
We are not just fortunate to have found each other against all odds. But we found love born through our passion for art. It would be madness to be doing anything different." - Oda & King