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 at the Glynn Vivian Museum, Swansea, 2021, We are all made of you, Ed Cross, London, 2022, and Proof of Her Victories, Hannah Traore Gallery, NYC, 2022. Her work is in the collections of The Whitworth, Manchester, UK, Glynn Vivian, Swansea, UK, Tullie House, Carlilse,UK, The Women’s Art Collection, Cambridge University, UK, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL, and Amoako Boafo, Accra, Ghana.

Anya Paintsil will be presented by THK Gallery.
Anya Paintsil, A salty treat, 2024, Acrylic, wool, human hair and synthetic hair on hessian, 99 x 55 cm. Courtesy of the Artist & THK Gallery.