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London, painter

abi ola


abi ola
gold rain - abi ola


Abi Ola (°1996, London, UK) is a visual artist living and working in London. Abi explores her identity as a British citizen with West African origins throughout multiple disciplines. She graduated from Goldsmiths University of Londen with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and completed her Master’s at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2021. Ola specializes in painting, drawing, screen printing, collaging, batik, and textiles. She examines shapes and patterns in her various forms of inspirations, and translates them into her own pattern designs. We not only find influences from William Morris’s wallpaper designs, but also from Nigerian traditional attires worn by her father, and the beloved floral patterns of her mother’s wardrobe. By bringing all of her influences together, she envelops herself and the viewer in her own world of patterns.

2022 - kaleidoscopic Bodies, Franz Kasl Project Gallery, The Netherlands

2022 - work in process, group exhibition, Kupfer Gallery, London, UK

2022 - Flatland Projects, Overmorror House, All Are Gone To Old Familiar Faces, Solo exhibition, Battle, UK

2022 - Rawlinson and Hunter, Ingram Prize alumni group exhibition, London, UK

2022 - duo exhibition with Ilke Cop, /THE PLATFORM, Antwerp, Belgium

2022 - Whirl, Sway, Bounce, Group exhibition, The Safe House, London, UK

2022 - Slade 150th Anniversary Octagon Gallery Exhibition, London, UK

2021 - Love At A Distance, Solo exhibition, Bloomsbury Festival, london, UK

2021 - Ingram Prize Finalists' Exhibition, Unit 1 Gallery, London, UK

2021 - London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2021 - End Of Year Degree Show, The Slade School Of Fine Art, London, UK

2021 - The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize short-list exhibition - Coventry Cathedral, Online

2020 - The Gaze Is A Singular Act, Kupfer gallery, London, UK

2020 - The Old Biscuit Factory, London, UK

2020 - The Chaplin Centre, ASC Gallery, London, UK

2019 - Parallax Art Fair, London, UK

2019 - 8496 Collective, International Youths Arts Centre, London, UK

2019 - End Of Year Degree Show, Goldsmiths, University Of London, UK

2018 - The Genesis Cinema, London, UK

2018 - Ephemeral Exhibition, London, UK

2018 - Contemporary Water Colour Competition, Bankside Gallery, London, UK

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