Statement 

Born 1995 in London. Lives and Works in London. 

 

Born 1995 in london, 

Kemi Onabule is a painter and printmaker living and working in london. Since graduating from her  BA in Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon College Of Art in 2016, she has been included in the Hix Award 2017 and the Ingram Young Artist Award 2017 and recently had her debut Solo Show: ‘Arrival On The Beach’ 2020 at Guts Gallery. In her work she explores the human relationship to nature and its changing role in our lives, our effect on it and the colonial histories that are intertwined with our current ecological predicament.  

She is influenced by her Greek, English and Nigerian heritage and their ancient cultures, taking aesthetic and symbolic aspects from each to create a visual language that moves across the various mediums she uses.  

 

Education 

2016 BA (Hons), Fine Art: Painting, Wimbledon College of Art

 

Solo Exhibitions 

2020 Kemi Onabule: Arrival on the Beach, Guts Gallery 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2022 ‘Matches Struck Unexpectedly In The Dark’ One Room Gallery, London. 

2022 ‘Shrubs’ Night Gallery, Los Angeles 

2022 ‘Paper’ Beers Gallery, London 

2021 Saw It Hang Down There, Bode Projects, Berlin                                                2021 Reality Check, Guts Gallery/Anderson Contemporary, London                         2021 Into The Light of The Present Day, Oliver Projects, London                        2021 Underpinned by Movements of Freighters, The Florence Trust, London 2021 Cluster-Phobia, Newington Green Meeting House, London                      2021 Get A Load of This, Daniel Raphael Gallery, London 

2021 For The Many Not The Few, Guts Gallery, London 

2020 Untitled (But Loved), Bosse & Baum, London 

2020 In Response, The Viewing Room, London 

2019 They Catch Feelings, I Catch Bodies, Sim Smith Gallery, London,

2016 Wimbledon College of Art BA Degree Show, London 

2015 The Contemporary Portrait, Thompson’s Gallery, London

 

Art Fairs 

2021 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair with Oliver Projects 

2020 FNB Art Joburg, with Bode Projects

 

Awards 

2021 Jackson's Painting Prize, Shortlisted 

2017 Hix Award, Shortlisted 

2017 Ingram Young Artist Prize, Shortlisted 

2016 Clyde & Co Art Awards, Shortlisted