Sola Olulode
Born 1996 in London, United Kingdom
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
Sola Olulode received her BA in Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton in 2018. 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 fluidity of identities. Drawing inspiration from lived experiences, 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. Her figures represent multifaceted individuals and the energy they hold in their bodies, relishing in a boundless temporality of self-validation and joy. Recent exhibitions include: Bold Black British, Christie's, London (2021); Stäying Alive, Berntson Bhattacharjee, Sweden (2021); An Infinity of Traces, Lisson Gallery, London (2021); among others.
Sola Olulode, From theBed Series, 2022, Indigo, oil, pastel, and wax on canvas, 180 x 150cm. Courtesy of Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery.

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