Sola Olulode

Sola Olulode was in residence from November 2019 - February 2020 , resulting in a solo exhibition.

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Sola Olulode (b. 1996) is an artist based in London. Her dreamy queer visions explore embodiments of British Black Womxn and Non-Binary Folx. Working with various mediums of natural dyeing, batik, wax, ink, pastel, oil bar, and impasto she develops textural canvases that explore the fluidities of identities. Drawing inspiration from lived experience, friends, and cultural reference points to centre Black Queer Womxn, Sola emphasises the integral need of representation and celebration of queer intimacies.

Her utopian scenes celebrate relationships that transcend crude notions of queer sexuality, her figures exemplify the warm embrace of queer love, a temporal space to bathe in memories of intimacies abundant with scenes of profoundly deep tender connections. Envisaging a world reflective of the celebration of her own identities Sola brings to life representation and visibility of Black Queer lived experiences. Her figures represent multifaceted complex individuals and the energy they hold in their bodies relishing in a boundless temporality of self-validation and joy.

Olulode received a BA in Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton (2018).

Solo exhibitions include 'Islands of the Blessed', Berntson Bhattachrjee, London (2024); 'Could You Be Love,' Sapar Contemporary, New York (2022); ‘'Where the Ocean Meets the Beach', V.O Curations in London (2020). 

Group exhibitions include DADA Gallery, London (2023) 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair with Berntson Bhattacharjee (2022); Lisson Gallery in London (2021); Carl Freedman Gallery in Margate (2021), ‘In Heavenly Blue' at Pacers Gallery in Lagos (2021); Christie’s, London (2021). 

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