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, Google, Nike Jordan, Raptors, Shea Moisture – among others.
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 strong. This has later translated into my artwork, as all of my illustrations are of women, to reflect my cultural and personal experience.
With my work consisting of Black female portraits, I aim to ask audiences “How are Black women represented in the art world?”. To emphasize the issue that in formal art spaces, Black women are brought in as moving parts, rarely entering these fields/spaces as a permanent feature.
“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 through words and actions. “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 Jesus. As I continue to set my eyes on Jesus, the more I will be like Him. As a result, Jesus can be seen through me in the way I express myself and treat others. It is also a reminder to reflect on what things we are consuming and how it affects us.
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 two questions for those viewing my work:
1. What have you consumed (visually, audibly, physically etc) that has influenced the way you treat others?
2. How have these things affected the way you view God?