Jadé Fadojutimi - New Now London Thursday, December 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • 'My first textile piece,"Clustering Thoughts", has allowed me to work with a medium that has sparked my curiosity for a while. I believe in the power of colour, the power of thought and the will to express and converse through any medium that spurs you into conversation, whether that be with yourself, your surroundings, or the people around you.' —Jadé Fadojutimi

    Clustering Thoughts is a formative work that exemplifies Jadé Fadojutimi’s nascent transverse into the practice of textile. Layers of ribbon and fabric create an emotive ensemble that exudes chaos through abstract bold colours and textures conjuring the senses. The immersive environment responds to Fadojutimi’s painting practice where rhythmic layers of saturated colour are established by gestural brushstrokes. Seemingly similar visual environments are contrasting in their outcome through their differing processes– the act of painting is dynamic whereas needlework requires increased patience. Clustering Thoughts is inspired by concepts of identity and its construction, heightened by the artistic process. Fadojutimi calls on this quite literally by using the needle and thread to create the work. Her meditation on individual liberation is evoked using textile– a practice that was traditionally viewed as an undervalued feminine craft. Her work challenges this gendered stereotype and brings new meaning to the importance of this medium by incorporating it into fine art. The present work was conceived and executed to raise funds for creating safe spaces for women and girls, providing empowerment for the voiceless.

    • Provenance

      The Art of Empowerment 2019 UN Women, United Kingdom
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • 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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Clustering Thoughts

signed and numbered 'Jadé Fadojutimi Jadé Fadojutimi 15 of 30' on the reverse
cotton, silk viscose velvet, organza ribbon, grosgrain ribbon, velvet ribbon and cotton cord on embroidered linen
118 x 167 cm (46 1/2 x 65 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2019, this work is number 15 from an edition of 30 plus 2 artist's proofs

Full Cataloguing

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £18,900

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London Auction 9 December 2021