Brandan “BMIKE” Odums is a New Orleans-based visual artist who, through
exhibitions, public programs, and public art works, is engaged in a
transnational dialogue about the intersection of art and resistance.
From film to murals to installations, Odums’ work encapsulates the political
fervor of a generation of Black American activists who came of age amidst
the tenure of the nation’s first Black president, the resurgence of popular
interest in law enforcement violence, and the emergence of the self-care
Most often working with spray paint, Odums paints brightly-colored, wall-
sized murals that depict historical figures, contemporary creatives, and
everyday people. In his otherwise figurative work, Odums departs from
realism to play with color – blending lavender to paint the skin of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and robin’s egg blue for Harriet
Tubman, for instance – suggesting an ethos of boldness that unites the
subjects of his work and surpasses race, time, or any other aspect of physical reality.