Anya Paintsil
Lives & Works in London, England
Anya Paintsil works at the intersection of textile and sculpture. She engages in different practices, such as rug-hooking, embroidery, and tapestry-making, some of which she learned from family members. She frequently incorporates weaves, braids, and other hair pieces as materials in her work. Paintsil explores topics such as the female gaze, personal relationships, and prejudice, all topics that have been informed by her experiences growing up in North Wales in a mixed-race family. Paintsil studied at the Manchester School of Art, and was awarded the Wakelin prize in 2021 and had solo exhibitions in Europe, North America, and Africa. Anya Paintsil will be presented by Hannah Traore Gallery. 
Anya Paintsil, Jazzy and Snazzy, 2022, Acrylic, Wool, Alpaca, Synthetic Hair, Human Hair and Hair Ties on Hessian, 25 x 26 in. Courtesy of Hannah Traore Gallery.

Artists 2023