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b. London, 1996

Lives and Works in London

Brixton-based British-Nigerian artist Sola Olulode’s 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, Olulode 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 Olulode 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 in 2018. Since graduating she has succeeded residencies with solo shows: von Goetz, Moving in the Bluish Light (2018); Lewisham Art House, Hold My Hand (2019); V.O Curations, Where the Ocean Meets the Beach (2020); and featured in the V&A’s In the Palm of Your Hands (2020). Various group exhibitions include: BBZ BLK BK: Alternative Graduate Show (2018); Twilights of the Idols (2020), Alice Black; Build Love Break Walls (2020), Shado Magazine; Blacklisted: An Indefinite Revolution (2020), Christie’s Education; and most recently When Shit Hits the Fan (2020), Guts Gallery (online).

EDUCATION
2018 BA Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton – 1st Class Honours
2015 Chelsea Camberwell Wimbledon (CCW),
University of the Arts London, Foundation inArt & Design Diploma

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020 Where the Ocean Meets the Beach.VO Curations 12th Floor, London
2019 Don’t Let Go. Brixton Library, London 
2019 Hold My Hand, Lewisham Art House, London 
2018 Moving in the Bluish Light. von Goetz, London
2018 Colours. Brixton Library, London

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 The Apocolypse Will Blossom, The Gallyry. Online
2020 Show of Support. Online2020 When Shit Hits the Fan. Instagram
2020 Blacklisted: An Indefinite Revolution. Christie's Education, London
2020 Tender. Deptford Does Art Gallery, London 
2020 Build Love, Break Walls. Bermondsey Project Space, London 
2020 Twilights of the Idols. Alice Black. London 
2019 Guts Gallery Ugly Duck, London
2019 Here & Now Oxo Tower Wharf, London
2019 In memory of Naomi Hersi London School of Economics, London
2018 Save To Photos, Delete Screenshot. Peckham Pelican, London70/70. St. George’s University of London, London
The Black Current Jam. Ace Hotel,
LondonOrbit UK Art Graduates Show. OXO Barge House, London
BBZ BLK BK: Alternative Graduate Show. Copeland Gallery, London
2017 Black Blossoms: “If We are Going to Heal, Let it Be Glorious”. The Royal Standard, Liverpool & Sheffield Showroom, Sheffield
Black Girl Festival. Kachette, London
BBZ London Draw & Draw. Pempeople, London
Bloom The Short Film & Exhibition. Copeland Gallery, London

ART FAIRS
2018 Affordable Art Fair. Battersea Evolution, London

AWARDS 
2018 Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Studio Bursary
2018 Short-listed for the Evening Standard Art Prize (Final 10) 

TALKS
2019 Represent. Wimbledon College of Art 
2019 Black History Month: Artist Talk. London College of Communication 

RESIDENCIES
V.O. Curations Nov 2019 - Feb 2020
2018 von Goetz Frieze Week Residency, Londo

PRESS

Sovereign Magazine
She's SINGLE
ContemporaryAnd
Fad Magazine 
Creative Boom
Boundary
Nylon
Evening Standard 
Country Life 
Virgin
i-D
Shades of Noir
Ocean Africa 
Dazed and Confused 
Sheffield Live 
Afropunk

Web Development by Kirtis Clarke

Entwined
2020
Ink, oil and wax on canvas
122 x 152 cm

Eternal Light 
2020
Ink, acrylic and wax on canvas
210 X 150 cm

Laying In The Grass I 
2020 
Ink, oil, oil pastel, oil bar,
charcoal and wax on canvas
122 x 152 cm

Waves
2020
Ink and Acrylic on Fabric
60 x 80 cm

“Gal Pals” 
2019 
Oil pastels, pigment, ink, acrylic, pastel, wax on canvas 
120 x 180 cm

Hold My Hand
2019
Oil and ink on Canvas
60 x 50 cm

The Beginning
2019
Oil, wax, oil pastels, ink on canvas
102 x 122 cm

The Feels
2019
Ink, acrylic, pastel and wax on canvas
122 x 152 cm 

Close To You 
2019
Ink and acrylic on fabric
150 x 120cm

I Could Just Lay All Day With You
2019
Oil, wax, oil bars, varnish, charcoal,
oil pastels, ink on canvas
102 x 102 inches

A Perfect Summer's Day
2019
Ink, Acrylic, oil pastel and wax on canvas
60  x 80 cm

My Love
2019
Wax, oil bar, charcoal, oil pastels, ink on canvas
102 x 122 cm

I Want You Around
2019
Oil and Ink on Canvas
60 x 50 cm

Care
2019
Oil, oil bar, charcoal, oil pastels, pigment, ink on canvas
102 x 122 cm

It’s Better When You’re Here
2019
Ink, Acrylic, oil pastel and wax on canvas
40 x 50 cm

Heaven Is The Arms That Hold You Long Before You Go
2019
Oil, wax, oil bar, charcoal,
oil pastels, pigment, ink on canvas
102 x 122 cm

In The Tub
2019
Bleach, oil bar, charcoal, indigo,
oil pastels, ink on canvas
102 x 122 cm

Safety
2019
Oil, wax, oil bars, oil, bleach,
pastels, ink, indigo on canvas
102 x 102 cm

Loving You Is Like Living On A Wave (diptych)
2019
Charcoal, pastel, pigment wax on canvas
122 x 122 cm

Let’s get funky
2019
Oil, wax and oil bar on canvas
30 x 30 cm

Freedom
2019
Oil and oil pastel on canvas
25cm x 25cm

Floating Through The Room
2019
Oil, wax, pen and oil pastel on canvas
25 x 30 cm

Come on
2019
Oil and oil pastel on canvas
25cm x 30cm

Get it
2019
Oil, wax and oil bar on canvas
20 x 25 cm

In The Zone
2019
oil and oil pastel on canvas
20cm x 25cm

Get Your Life
2019
Oil, wax, pen and oil bar on canvas
25 x 30 cm

Spotlights On You
2019
Oil, bleach and oil pastel on canvas
25 x 30 cm

Freakum
2019
Oil, wax and oil bar on canvas
25 x 30 cm

I’m Feeling It
2019
Oil, wax and oil bar on canvas
25 x 30 cm

And You Sabi Do The Dance Well
2018
Oil, acrylic, oil, pastel, wax on canvas,
120cm x 180cm

Gwara Gwara, Death Drop
2018
Oil, acrylic, oil, pastel, cassava paste, wax on canvas,
130cm x 150cm

A Likkle Boogie Before We Go
2018
Oil, acrylic, oil, pastel, wax on canvas,
100cm x 120cm

The Queen Has Arrivedl
2018
Oil, acrylic, oil pastel, wax, collage on canvas,
110cm x 180cm

All Night Dancing With You. 2018.

All Night Dancing With You
2018
Oil, acrylic, oil pastel, wax on canvas,
145cm x 115cm

Back & Forth
2018
Oil, acrylic, wax, collage on canvas,
150cm x 160cm

Gwarn
2018
Oil, oil pastel, wax on canvas,
90cm x 90cm

How To Shaku Shaku
2018
Oil, oil pastel, oil bar, charcoal, wax on canvas,
100cm x 150cm

Back It Up For The Gram
2018
Oil, acrylic, oil pastel, wax, charcoal, collage on canvas
150cm x 180cm

This Is Cute
2018
Oil, oil pastel, oil bar, pastel & wax on canvas
102 x 102 cm

Be Your Girl
2018
Oil, oil pastel, oil bar, charcoal & wax on canvas
89 x 116 cm

Come Together
2018
Oil, oil pastel, oil bar & wax on canvas
150 x 120 cm

Looking Good, Feeling Good
2018
Oil, oil pastel, charcoal, oil bar & wax on canvas
120 x 150 cm

Doing Me Tonight
2018
Oil, oil pastel, oil bar, charcoal & wax on canvas
81 x 91 cm

Say I Like The Way You Jo
2018
Oil, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, wax on canvas
150cm 180cm

Slayyyyy
2018
Oil, oil pastel, oil bar & wax on canvas
100 x 150 cm

Slow Wine
2018
Oil, oil pastel, oil bar, charcoal & wax on canvas
100 x 120 cm

Uh Oh
2018
Oil, oil pastel, oil bar & wax on canvas
90 x 106