Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, having recently exhibited the iconic British artist Bill Woodrow, is going to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by young British artist Jade Fadojutimi. It will be her first solo exhibition in an established gallery and her works resonate with the energetic movement and colour one would expect from a young talent It stands in stark contrast to the gloom and doom of November and December.
In her works, she explores the notion of the ‘self’ and the fracturing of identity by exploring the familiar unfamiliarity, fears and unknowns. Each of her paintings is a journey to establish a relationship with the real. They all have whimsical titles that allow you to create your own story and emotional response, like the “Misguided thrill of frills” or “Clumsy”. Fadojutimi displays the torn self on a journey to find one’s true identity and how to fit in to the puzzle that is life. She grounds her work in reality by using elements of fabrics in her works like patterned stockings, bows and swatches of fabric, reflecting how people express their identity through the fabrics they adorn themselves by. The show is titled ‘Heliophobia’, meaning fear of sunlight. It is the title of the show but also one of her works, which reverberates with pent-up exasperation.
She also delves into how our environment informs our sense of identity, as well as the trauma of feeling displaced and not belonging to one’s surroundings. This is an affliction many share especially in times of globalization and the ever-growing movement of people from one region to another, especially in London with its many cultures and migrant backgrounds
The exhibition opening is 30th November from 6pm-8pm and is open to the public.
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