Jadé Fadojutimi - Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction London Monday, March 15, 2021 | Phillips
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  • Provenance

    Donation courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

  • Catalogue Essay

    This sensational oil painting on board by Jadé Fadojutimi is a prime example of the artist’s mastery of colour and dynamism. In Our Eternal Internal Tsunami Effect, Fadojutimi works across the whole surface, expanding the definition of painting by brushing, pushing, smearing and scraping colours into each other. Blue, orange and green recede and swirl in an energetic and emotionally charged composition. Using liquin to thin the oil paint, Fadojutimi conjures the image and the texture of an ocean or body of water.

    At 27 years old, Fadojutimi is currently the youngest artist in the Tate collection. With a strong graphic impulse and painterly touch, Fadojutimi uses bold and energetic mark-marking to create her richly layered compositions. Exploring a complex emotional landscape, as the title Our Eternal Internal Tsunami Effect suggests, each work offer an insight into the artist’s quest for knowledge of self and the forces that guide her.

    Fadojutimi (b. 1993, London) graduated with a BA from the Slade School of Art in 2015 and an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2017. She has upcoming institutional solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2021), and The Hepworth Wakefield (2022), and will be part of the Liverpool Biennial 2021. Her work is in the collections of Tate, London, The Hepworth Wakefield, ICA Miami, FL, Walker Art Center, MN, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Baltimore Museum of Art, MD. The artist is represented by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo.

  • Artist Biography

    Jadé Fadojutimi

    Jadé Fadojutimi is a British contemporary artist who lives and works in London. A recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, Fadojutimi has seen a precipitous ascent to success: she is the youngest artist represented in the collection of the Tate, London, and has upcoming exhibitions planned for the Hepworth Wakefield and the Liverpool Biennial. Fadojutimi’s work is immersive and all-encompassing, featuring tightly woven lattices of ecstatic pigment and electric line. The raw but bubbly energy of her paintings reflects aspects of the artist’s own interiority, as she treats each canvas as an opportunity to explore undiscovered or under-interrogated aspects of her individuality. Fadojutimi believes that color and personality mingle and encourage one another; the matrices of line and color resemble the psychedelic spindles of neural networks, actualizing the artist’s investigative efforts as visual translations of the artist’s explorations of identity and fluidity.

    Fadojutimi brings a frenetic energy to painting, as many of her works are completed in late-night bursts of creativity; what may start the night as a blank canvas often emerges in the morning as a finished work. Describing her practice in environmental terms, Fadojutimi strives to incorporate the ineffable associations of memory absorbed from the warm moments and special objects of life; taken against the societal backdrop of their creation, Fadojutimi’s paintings shine out as optimistic beacons for dark times.

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Our Eternal Internal Tsunami Effect

signed, titled and dated ‘Jadé Fadojutimi Jadé Fadojutimi Jan '21 ‘Our Eternal Internal Tsunami Effect’’ on the reverse
coloured pencil, marker, oil bar and oil on board
40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2021.

£5,000 - 7,000 


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Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction

Online Auction 15 - 23 March 2021