Anya Paintsil - Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon: Charity Online Auction London Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | Phillips

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  • Anya Paintsil, an artist of Welsh and Ghanaian heritage, specialises in textile-based artworks. Combining traditional hand rug making techniques with afro hair styling methods, her practice is largely autobiographical and takes inspiration from her childhood in North Wales, family stories, and Welsh and Ghanaian mythologies. There is tenderness in Paintsil’s work, but also grit as Paintsil expresses her interest in identity, gendered labour and the promotion of historically devalued artistic practices.


    You're My Brother, You're My Keeper, I need you to keep an eye on me, 2023 is a portrait of the artist’s younger half-brother, who has lived with Paintsil since he was a young teenager. His influence, and that of his late mother, is evident in frequent, and affectionate, depictions across the artist’s work. Paintsil draws on funny family stories and moments from daily life, such as hair-braiding. She has described her recent focus as an attempt to capture her brother’s softness, ‘his goofiness, and how young he is for his seventeen years, along with his extreme capacity for kindness, in a time where young black men are so often demonised’.


    Anya Paintsil in her studio

    Anya Paintsil (b. 1993, Wrexham, UK) lives and works in London. She made her London debut at Somerset House’s annual contemporary African art fair, 1-54, 2020. Recent institutional acquisitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; Arts Council Collection, London; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Women's Art Collection, Cambridge. Paintsil was awarded the prestigious Wakelin Prize in 2020 (exhibited at the Glynn Vivian in 2021), and featured in the Crafts Council Gallery's exhibition Maker's Eye, London and  at Salon 94 in New York, both 2021; in 2022, she presented her first London solo show, We Are All Made of You with Ed Cross, and in 2023, she presented a solo exhibition Proof of Their Victories with Hannah Traore Gallery, New York. 

    • Provenance

      Donated by the artist and Ed Cross


You're My Brother, You're My Keeper, I Need You To Keep An Eye On Me

signed, titled, dated 'A Paintsil ''You're My Brother You're My Keep I Need You To Keep an Eye On Me (Levi)'' 2003' on the reverse
acrylic, wool, mohair, nylon, cotton, synthetic hair, human hair, plastic, tin foil, and earrings on hessian
48 x 45 x 4 cm (18 7/8 x 17 3/4 x 1 5/8 in.)
Executed in 2023.

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£4,000 - 6,000 


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Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon: Charity Online Auction

12 - 19 March 2024