Inspired by the paintings of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, this panel discussion features three emerging artists sharing their practices, influences and ambitions.
Contributing to the conversation will be Joy Labinjo, Koby Martin and Sola Olulode, who all currently live and work in London. The discussion is chaired by the writer and curator Bolanle Tajudeen, and there will also be a chance for audience questions and contributions.
The event includes BSL interpretation.
Bolanle Tajudeen (she/her) is the founder of Black Blossoms – an expanded curatorial platform showcasing contemporary Black non-binary artists and Black women since 2015. She is also lead tutor of Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic, an in-depth course on Black womxn artists. In 2020 Bolanle launched the Black Blossoms School of Art and Culture, an e-learning platform which aims to decolonise, deconstruct and democratise creative learning.
Olulode’s paintings portray a nuanced and tender vision of relationships and intimacy. Olulode overlays, deepens, and reflects the identities of the black womxn she depicts, rather than register them as a “subject”. Through colour and painterly brushwork, Olulode employs a range of media. This includes indigo, dyes, ink, wax, oil bar, and impasto lashings of paint.
Martin is a proud export of Ghana and has nurtured his talent in the UK. These worlds merge together in Koby’s art where his African descent is an influence. Koby’s work is an exploration of his life, which portrays the human themes such as family, migration, memory, and emotions that we all feel.
Labinjo’s paintings depict intimate scenes of historical and present-day life. They take from the real and imagined, both domestic and every day. They are based on people around her, family photographs and found images. Her work presents fresh and arresting compositions of colour, pattern, and motifs.
Supported by Denise Coates Foundation
Tate Collective is supported by Jean and Melanie Salata with additional support from Garfield Weston Foundation, The Rothschild Foundation, and Tate Patrons.