Sola Olulode - Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction London Thursday, January 12, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Sola Olulode’s paintings are tender depictions of intimacy, connectedness, love, and community. Across canvases and works on paper, she explores queer visions of Black British Womxn and non-binary Folx, drawing on her own lived experience to present the beauty of love.

    Working with various mediums and processes, including natural dyeing, batik, wax, ink, pastel, oil bar, and impasto, Olulode often depicts couples together in bed or in leisure activities outside. This exemplary work, Triangles, displays the hallmarks of her poetic work: two bodies in repose beneath a gloriously patterned cover. Made by drawing the figures in wax before dyeing the fabric in indigo, the bodies appear almost as faint silhouettes, attending to the positive lightness and groundlessness one can feel when embraced in love.  


    Sola Olulode (b. 1996) is one of the most exciting painters working in the UK today.  Recent notable exhibitions include Could You Be Loved, Sapar Contemporary, New York (2022); An Infinity of Traces, Lisson Gallery, London (2021); Breakfast Under The Tree, Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate (2021); In Heavenly Blue, Pacers Gallery, Lagos (2021); and Victoria Miro X OUT Collective, Vortic (2021). In 2021, she was also selected by curator and art historian Aindrea Emelife for a limited-edition print for Avant Arte and the exhibition Bold, Black, British at Christie’s in London. 

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      Image: Damian Griffiths

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    • Provenance

      Donated by the artist



indigo, dye, batik and oil on canvas
90 x 70 cm (35 3/8 x 27 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2022.

Full Cataloguing

£4,000 - 6,000 


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Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction

Online Auction 12 - 20 January 2023