Husband, Corey ‘Oda’ Popp (b.1984 Columbia, South Carolina, United States) and wife, Kit King (b.1987 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), are a married artist dyad currently living & working from their home studio in Curran, Ontario, Canada. The couple exhibit their collaborative works in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide; exhibiting in Canada, the US, Australia, the UK, and the UAE.
The couple met on social media platform- Instagram when King was perusing the #artnerd tags, and stumbled upon a drawing posted by Oda, that was identical to a piece King had recently finished at the time. “At first I thought he had copied my work since it looked like an exact replica, and my sister who was beside me at the time started commenting on his post and giving him hell for doing such a thing. When he commented back that was not the case, my sister and I noticed the time stamp, and that he had in fact posted his just before I posted 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 King started following one another’s works after this. Some time had passed when Oda reached out to King, asking if she’d like to collaborate on a piece together. ” We figured since we were already very much on the same page artistically, that a collaboration was inevitable.” 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.”
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 King and collaborate in person. “As soon as we did our first painting together, we knew that’s what we wanted for our lives.”
Shortly after their first collaboration the two married right in their home studio, in their paint covered clothes in December of 2014. Oda and King not only married their lives, but married their art.
“This just made sense. We feel our best work comes when we work as one. We’re fortunate that we have similar styles and approach, and that our work blends so seamlessly together. When we paint together it’s as if our hands are dancing on the canvas together. I think what makes it work so well is that it’s not a collaboration in the typical sense- with two separate artists with two distinct styles coming together to create a piece, where you can see who did what; but rather, when we paint together it’s as if we become one painting entity- “OdaKing”. You cannot tell where one hand leaves off and the other begins. Our vision, process, and execution is like water- completely fluid. When we paint as one, we move as one.”
“We are not just fortunate to have found each other against all odds. But we found love through our passion. It would be madness to be doing anything different.”
*Please note the following is for our collaborative work only. For our individual CV’s please visit our individual websites:
KIT KING www.kitkingart.com