Alexis Eke is an illustrator and designer based in Toronto, Ontario. Inspired by renaissance portraits, her faith and earth tones — she aims to increase the representation of black women in design and offer a space for deep reflection.
Her clients include Adidas, Bloomberg, CBC, Canada Goose, Nike Jordan, Raptors, Shea Moisture – among others.
More about me
With the foundation of a strong female Caribbean upbringing and Christian faith, I aim to design a unique space for audiences to view my work. Growing up with women with strong personalities, i've always viewed women as resilient and independent. This has later translated into my artwork, as all of my illustrations are of women, to reflect my cultural and personal experience.
With a large body of my work filled with portraits of Black women, I aim to ask audiences two questions. First, “how are Black women represented in the art world?”. Most of the time in formal art spaces, Black women are brought in as moving parts, rarely entering these fields as a permanent feature. It's discouraging to think that with large art institutions in Canada, a Black Canadian woman has never had a solo exhibition there.
A common question I’m asked is, “What do the white lines mean?”. The white lines connect from the eyes to the mouth to represent what see influencing how we express ourselves and treat others. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light (Matthew 6:22). This a reminder for myself that healthy eyes, are eyes that are fixed on God. When my eyes are set on Jesus, because He is the light of this world, I can see everything else clearly. As a result, the way I express myself will also (with time) reflect Christ.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
The white lines also poses a few questions for those viewing my work:
1. Are the people and things (you've visually consumed) influenced the way you treat others?
2. How have these things affected the way you look at God?