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  • BONHAMS CONTEMPORARY & AFRICAN ART SALE MARCH 2021

    IRMA STERN’S LANDMARK ARABIAN PORTRAIT FROM ZANZIBAR TRAVELS AT BONHAMS AFRICAN ART SALE

    Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. Bonhams teams up with Olumide Galleries MD see Under The Hammer

    The Arab community of Zanzibar was a powerful inspiration for the South African painter Irma Stern during her two extended stays on the island in 1939 and 1945. She was particularly fascinated by the older men in whose faces she saw, in her own words, “depths of suffering, profound wisdom and full understanding of all the pleasures of life – faces alive with life's experiences.” One of the fruits of her second Zanzibar trip, Arab with Dagger leads Bonhams’ Modern and Contemporary African Art sale in London on Wednesday 17 March. It has an estimate of £700,000-1,000,000.

    As with many works from Stern’s Zanzibar trips, the painting is perfectly framed in wood cut from Zanzibar doors. In their complete state, the highly distinctive doors were subject to an export ban, but there was nothing to prevent Stern’s Arab carpenter from converting them into picture frames.

    Bonhams Director of African Art, Giles Peppiatt said:Arab with Dagger is a remarkable work and shows Irma Stern at her best. Like many of her portraits from this period, it conveys not only an individual likeness, but also the fatalism and the deep spiritually that the artist found among the Arab people, and which she so much admired.”

    Writing in the spring edition of Bonhams Magazine, Claire Wrathall shows how Stern’s Zanzibar works represent a perfect blend of the inspiration she took from her new environment with the influence of her artistic training in Germany after the First World War, and especially that of her mentor, the great German Expressionist painter and sculptor, Max Pechstein. Of Arab with Dagger, Wrathall writes: “It’s an uneasy portrait, a suspicious rather than a sympathetic one, but that air of unease gives it the emotional truth that defines Stern as South Africa’s first true Expressionist.”

    Bonhams has sold many works from Irma Stern’s Zanzibar period including Arab Priest (1945), which achieved £3 million in 2011, making this the world auction record for a painting by Stern and the most valuable South African painting ever sold at auction. It was bought by the Qatar Museums Authority and is part of the collection of the Orientalist Museum in Doha, Qatar.



    EMERGING YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASED AT BONHAMS MODERN & CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART SALE

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    Kudzanai-Violet Hwami (Zimbabwean, born 1993), Adam and Steve joined by the knee, a study.

    Estimate: £30,000 - 50,000.

    Proving that Africa is still the hot continent, Bonhams next Modern and Contemporary African Art sale in London on 17 March will showcase a host of exciting young talent, alongside established big names. One of the highlights is Adam and Steve joined by the knee, a study, produced by the 27-year-old Zimbabwean artist, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. The work has an estimate of £30,000 - £50,000.

    Born in 1993, Hwami has already received more acclaim in her short career than many artists achieve in a lifetime – and her star is still on the rise. Selected to represent Zimbabwe at the Venice Biennale in 2019, aged only 26, Hwami has already enjoyed successful solo exhibitions at the Tyburn Gallery and Gasworks in London and is represented up by Victoria Miro. Later this year, she will showcase her works at a group exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

    Helene Love-Allotey, specialist in Modern and Contemporary African Art at Bonhams, commented: “Hwami is one of the most exciting young artists around right now. Her work asks the viewer to consider weighty topics – such as identity, sexuality, and desire – but her handling is witty and fresh, as is evidenced by the title of the work, Adam and Steve joined by the knee, a study. When asked what precipitated her interest in art, Hwami has often credited her love of cartoons, and in paricular, Manga. As a child, she would sketch her favourite characters, and the influence of these animations is evident in the dynamism of her compositions. Although monumental in size, the work retains a delicate intimacy.”

    Hwami’s work starts with a collage of images and photographs, around which she constructs a painted narrative. She says that this approach was partly influenced by the creative sharing of images on social media sites such as Tumblr: “I spent a lot of time on the internet as a pre-teen and, in that socially awkward stage of my life, I found it more comfortable to escape and exist in cyberspace. I started exploring sexuality and gender identity. I was obsessed with the idea of physically living in a different body. All my frustration and confusion was expressed through studying the queer body.”

    Other highlights of the sale include:



    Portia Zvavahera (Zimbabwean, born 1985) Complete, 2014.

    Estimate: £60,000 - 90,000

    Portia Zvavahera (Zimbabwean, born 1985) Complete, 2014. Estimate: £60,000 - 90,000. Zvavahera has noted the fluidity and flatness afforded by using oil-based inks, allowing her to build richly layered surfaces. She draws upon her deeply held sense of spirituality and accompanying rituals of belief to embody the predominantly female figures. Moving beyond literal autobiography and self-portraiture, the figures depicted become archetypal expressions of feminine experiences of faith and motherhood.Zanele Muholi (South African, born 1972), Isililo XX unframed. Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000. Zanele Muholi is a non-binary artist whose work challenges ideas of both race and sexuality. In 2020 a major exhibition of Muholi’s work opened at the Tate Modern in London. A print by Zanele Muholi “Sasa, Bleecker” sold for £6,800 at Bonhams in March 2020, an unheard-of price for a photograph by a contemporary South African artist.William Joseph Kentridge (South African, born 1955), Orange head. Estimate: £25,000-35,000. Beginning in 1992, Kentridge produced a series of monumental drypoint prints of a head, with hand-painting and torn shards created from varying templates, allowing for incarnations in orange (editioned 1993), blue (editioned 1993-8) and green (1992), though the latter were never editioned. Insight, or the lack thereof, is a central theme in Kentridge's work. The subject's upwardly tilting chin exposes the carotid artery in his extended neck in what can be read as a gesture of either submission or strength: it is unclear whether his eyes are closed in defiance, dreaming, or death.Ndary Lo (Senegalese, born 1961), Taaru à talons, 2013. Estimate: £7,000 - 10,000. The image of a striding figure is a recurring theme of Ndary Lo’s work. The artist created a series of these "hommes qui marche", figures he referred to affectionately as "nit", a Wolof word meaning "person" or "character". The title of this work translates as 'Beauty in heels'. Lo's characteristic slender and elongated figures have often provoked comparisons to Alberto Giacometti – who was himself influenced by African sculptural traditions. Lo's aesthetic has been considered to be a conscious cultural re-appropriation. Zanele Muholi (South African, born 1972),


    Isililo XX unframed. Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000.


    Leading the sale will be Irma Stern’s Arab with Dagger (within original Zanzibar frame), which has an estimate of £700,000-1,000,000. More information can be found here

    More from Under The Hammer:


    Yusuf Adebayo Cameron Grillo

    Ayi and Tayi £ 100,000 - 150,000 € 120,000 - 170,000


    Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993)


    Township scene (unframed). £ 7,000 - 10,000 € 8,100 - 12,000


    Abiodun Olaku (Nigerian, born 1958)

    Kano Horsemen£ 6,000 - 9,000 € 6,900 - 10,000


    Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994)


    Anyanwu £ 120,000 - 180,000 € 140,000 - 210,000


    Aime Mpane (Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1968)


    A portrait of Marie-Pierre Ntiba Kawa £ 7,000 - 10,000 € 8,100 - 12,000


    Joseph Ntensibe (Ugandan, born 1953)

    Under African Skies £ 10,000 - 15,000 € 12,000 - 17,000


    Robert Griffiths Hodgins (South African, 1920-2010)


    Robert Griffiths Hodgins (South African, 1920-2010)


    For further information and images email press@bonhams.com.

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    CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

    New works available from the inimitable African hyperrealist. Get in touch for his latest work

  • AFRICAN ART // COMMANDS RECORD BREAKING SALES

    WELCOME TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONTEMPORARY TALENT

    Driven by a growing market of indigenous investors, African art is commanding increasingly high prices at the world's auction houses. For the second successive year, a painting by the late Ben Enwonwu, widely considered the father of Nigerian modernism, fetched the equivalent of over a million dollars at auction, with his portrait Christine selling for £1.1m ($1.4m) at Sotheby’s, London. In 2018, after decades spent furnishing the wall of a north London flat, Enwonwu’s masterpiece Tutu was auctioned at Bonhams for £1.2m, a figure way beyond its pre-sale estimate of £300,000. Get in touch for new works by Oliver Enwonwu.



  • CONSIGNMENT // HECTOR GUEST // BRONZE // PATRICK HUTCHINSON

    Everyone Versus Racism

    New work by exciting Scottish emerging artist Hector Guest. Bronze Sculpture of Patrick Hutchinson’s act of bravery on the 13 June. The self-reflective piece showcasing the artist in place of the protestor is named 'Everyone Versus Racism', highlighting one of the most powerful and definitive moments of 2020.

  • BRITISH MUSEUM SYMPOSIUM //

    O GALLERY MANAGING DIRECTOR ERA OF RECLAMATION

    Join Christine Checinska, Curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion at the V&A; Eunice Olumide MBE, Managing Director of Olumide Galleries; Araminta de Clermont, British photographer; and Bonnie Greer, former Deputy Chair of the British Museum and Co-creator and Curator of the Era of Reclamation series, as they discuss the concept of fashion and art as a means of resistance and power.

    As part of the continuing event series Era of Reclamation, they will explore how fashion as art has been used as a way of expressing liberation and will look at the impact the Black Lives Matter movement has had, and continues to have, on the style choices of young black people today.


  • OLIVER ENWONWU //

    O GALLERY LONDON WELCOMES NEXT GENERATION AFRICAN ART

    Born in 1975, Oliver Enwonwu interrogates the complex layers of history between Africa and the West. A painter, he is a third- generation of celebrated artists and son to pioneer modernist Ben Enwonwu.


  • AFRICAN HYPEREALIST // OLUMIDE ORESEGUN //

    Exclusive African Contemporary Modern Art

  • BRITISH VOGUE // COMMISSION

    Insiders Campaign

    Emerging African Illustrator Yega picks up esteemed commission for prolific British Vogue


  • ARTIST REPRESENTATION // 2020

    Olumide Gallery Welcomes Yega Commission Illustration

    Olumide Gallery represents a remarkable collection of meticulous illustrators. For full in-house consultancy or commissions contact us now for more information



    Girl in Black

  • ELMO HOOD COVID 19 // INVITED GUESTS

    A comment Covid-19 by commission artists Elmo Hood. Featured in Forbes Magazine 2020


  • IAN BERRY // BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

    A response by sustainable artists Ian Berry to Covid-19


  • NICK WALKER // DOA // 2020

  • JAMES MYLNE // COMMISION ARTIST

    Photo realism portraits in ball point pen, by Battersea based artist.

  • MD LAUNCHES BONHAMS CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION AND SALE

    Olumide Gallery MD teams up with Bonhams to exhibit a rare collection of jewellery including a 19th Century amethyst necklace and amethyst diamond rings, as part of the Bonhams Christmas auction Edinburgh Jewels sale.

    Bonhams Exhibition
  • Olumide Gallery hosts unique Windrush event during London Fashion Week

    ‘Next Generation Regeneration: Fashion and Revolution’ is a unique Windrush themed celebration being held in Brixton during London Fashion Week, supported by Lambeth council and produced by supermodel turned art curator, actor and campaigner Eunice Olumide.

    It will feature free fashion and sustainability presentations, top musicians, live question and answer sessions, and will culminate in a catwalk show on Sunday, September 15 at Lambeth Town Hall 2:00- 9:00pm to celebrate the huge and positive impact on society of the Windrush generation. Speakers include Afua Hirsch, Emma Dabiri, Sir Geoff Palmer, Nish Kumar, Jamelia and Dennis Calpone.

    The event is being held in contrast to the ‘Windrush Scandal’ in which people from the Caribbean who were invited by the UK government to help rebuild the country after the Second World War were wrongly denied citizenship.

    Eunice, who was awarded an MBE in 2017, said: “The fashion industry has long been linked to revolution, anarchy and significant change within culture and society. It is an area where marginalised groups have often been able to bring recognition to various serious social, economic and environmental issues within everyday life.

    “This event ties those themes together and will highlight how Afro-Caribbean culture and society have had a huge influence on the British fashion scene, both in post war Britain and in the pre-colonial period. This community contribution is rarely articulated and actually stunts African, Afro-Caribbean development in the wider global fashion and art markets.

    “It also serves as a repost to the terrible treatment people suffered as a result of the Windrush Scandal for the which the Government rightly had to apologise for and finally recognised by reversing their mistakes and setting up a compensation scheme.”

    The Windrush generation are named after the Empire Windrush that arrived in the UK on 22 June 1948 carrying passengers from the Caribbean who were invited by the UK government to help rebuild the country after WWII. It is estimated that around 550,000 people from the Caribbean migrated to the UK between 1948 and 1973.

    Cllr Sonia Winifred, Lambeth council’s Cabinet member for Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, is part of the Windrush Generation. She lobbied the Government to admit their errors and worked hard to support people who had been in some cases lost their jobs, homes and livelihoods because of incorrect Home Office policies.

    Cllr Winifred said: “Lambeth is the heart of the Windrush community and we stand united in celebrating their contribution to re-building post-war Britain, and subsequent positive impacts on British society. We’re delighted to be working with Eunice on what will be a positive event that highlights just some of the Windrush Generation’s achievements since the ‘50s.

    “This show supports our wider efforts to highlight the treatment of the Windrush generation. This also includes campaigning for a memorial monument in Windrush Square, and really exploring the impact of the hostile environment policies on the Windrush pioneers, and the subsequent younger generations.”

    LFW OLUMIDE GALLERY

TATE LATE UNIQLIO EXHIBITION

Olumide Gallery Curates: Next Generation Regeneration

This month we’re exploring issues around the environment and sustainability within the arts, with inspiration from Olafur Eliasson’s newly opened ‘In Real Life’ exhibition at Tate Modern. Olumide Gallery’s MD Curates Fashion and Sustainability: Next Generation Regeneration, in collaboration with Uniqlo.



BODY BEAUTIFUL AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

Exhibition 23 May – 20 October

Olumide gallery Collaborate with the National Museum of Scotland to examine how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.

The first exhibition of its kind in the world, Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk will explore how fashion creatives are embracing inclusivity and body positivity by exploring five key themes: size; gender; age; race and disability. Visitors will learn how the industry is calling into question existing practice, and why it must address diversity from the inside out to reappraise contemporary ideals of beauty.

Recent seasons have seen the most racially diverse, size diverse and gender-inclusive fashion shows in history, with brands like New York’s Chromat leading the way. In London, Teatum Jones chose not to stage a runway show at all for its spring/summer 2019 Round Table not Runway presentation, and instead brought fashion leaders and activists together for a discussion on the industry’s responsibility to better reflect society.

Sponsored by Edinburgh St James and supported by Arts & Business Scotland through its Culture & Business Fund Scotland, the exhibition will champion the people, designs, and voices influencing positive body image and inclusivity, presenting key looks that show pivotal developments in contemporary fashion. On display will be catwalk ensembles from designers including Ferragamo, Pam Hogg, Ashish and Jean Paul Gaultier, brought to life through film, photography and fashion publications. 

Highlights include a camel coat and matching hijab from Max Mara’s AW17 collection which were worn on the catwalk by Somali-American model Halima Aden. She was the first hijab-wearing model to walk the international high-fashion catwalks.

Also on display will be a bustier from Chromat’s SS15 collection. The piece was modelled by Denise Bidot, who made history as the first plus-size model to open a straight-size show at New York Fashion Week.

When Belgian designer Dries Van Noten showcased his 100th collection in March 2017, he staged a reunion of 54 models of all ages who have walked for him from 1993 onwards. A look from this collection will be on show, contextualised by original catwalk imagery, provided by pioneering fashion photographer Chris Moore, who is still working at the age of 85. 

Interviews will capture the different perspectives of key influencers in the industry, from casting directors and models to stylists, editors, educators and advocates. The work of noted fashion photographers - including Nick Knight, Emma Summerton and Amos Mac - will be displayed alongside audiovisuals from designers FTL Moda and Teatum Jones, fashion showcase Fashion Scout and other independent film makers. The exhibition will also draw on the work of students from Edinburgh College of Art’s Diversity Network, incorporating the voices of the next generation of young designers.

In planning Body Beautiful, the exhibition team consulted an advisory panel of specialists to ensure that a broad range of voices and experts in the field of diversity inform the exhibition’s content and accompanying programming. These include fashion commentator Caryn Franklyn MBE; model Eunice Olumide MBE; academic and writer Sinéad Burke and activist, writer and public speaker Jamie Windust. Bespoke mannequins have been commissioned to reflect the range of people represented in the exhibition, including two which were cast from life.

Georgina Ripley, Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Fashion & Textiles at National Museums Scotland said:

“Diversity has become a key talking point in the fashion world in recent years, and Body Beautiful will be the first exhibition to examine the various ways in which the industry is addressing body positivity. With more and more designers incorporating ideas around inclusivity into their work, attitudes are shifting, making this a particularly exciting time in fashion. The catwalk creations on display in this exhibition offer a refreshing counterpoint to historical, narrow ideals of beauty, and they demonstrate that diversity can be a consideration for everyone working in the fashion industry today.”

Rochelle Burgess, Associate Director for Edinburgh St James said:

“We’re delighted to be a part of this exhibition that celebrates the rich tapestry of diverse voices and talent within the fashion industry and hope to collaborate again in the future with National Museums Scotland. Edinburgh St James will create a new fashion hub for the capital, providing a home for the brands that this city has been waiting for. From the start, we have sought to blend Edinburgh St James with the vibrant culture of the city and exhibitions like Body Beautiful perfectly encapsulate what this cosmopolitan capital is all about.”



V&A NEXT GENRATION REGENERATION

Olumide Gallery collaborates and Dundee’s Young People Collective for The V & A Dundee

Olumide Gallery’s Next Generation Regeneration collaborate with Dundee’s’ Young People Collective to curate a three-day exhibition and fashion camp. Addressing the impact of fast fashion and sustainability.



V&A ROUNDATABLE 2021

Olumide Gallery collaborates and Dundee’s Young People Collective for The V & A Dundee

We are pleased to announce that Olumide Galleries have been selected to consult on upcoming exhibitions at the Victoria Albert Museum Commencing 2021



Celebrities to attend exclusive art showcase to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK

Nik Grimshaw, Tinie Tempa, June Sarpong and leading fashion designer Henry Holland are among the stars attending TIME, an exclusive one-off showcase of work by established and upcoming artists to raise money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK. The event is being hosted in a pop-up gallery at a private location in the city on Thursday 21st March.

TIME was chosen for the name and theme of the event to reflect the urgent need to take on pancreatic cancer, which is both the deadliest and quickest killing of all common cancers. A quarter of people with pancreatic cancer die within a month of diagnosis.

The event which is being held for the first time has been curated by supporters of the charity Eunice Olumide MBE, Amanda Aldous MBE and the Prince and Pilgrim Gallery. It will feature one off collectable pieces from artists such as Robi Walters, The Connor Brothers, and Hen Coleman and photographers, Dave Hogan and Jim Grover, as well as never before seen work from Dan Baldwin and international artists Olumide Oregesun and the late Kevin Atkinson.

Lead curator of TIME, supermodel, philanthropist and gallery owner Eunice Olumide MBE became involved with Pancreatic Cancer UK after learning about the shocking survival statistics around the disease which have not improved for more than 40 years. She will be introducing Nigerian Hyperrealist Olumide Oresegun's first ever UK exhibition as part of TIME. Oresegun’s most iconic pieces are breath-taking water scenes which are highly sought after by collectors.

Eunice Olumide MBE said: “I was seriously stunned to learn about this cancer and that less than 7 per cent of people diagnosed will survive for 5 years. I knew nothing about its symptoms. For a cancer that has no discrimination around age, gender, race or socio economic status to be the quickest killing in the UK but receive the least funding was enough for me to feel motivated to get involved and that is why I am supporting through the Olumide Gallery and the artists I represent.”

Pancreatic Cancer UK is dedicated to funding ground-breaking research into new treatments and faster diagnosis for the disease. The charity runs the only dedicated support line for people with pancreatic cancer, which is staffed by specialist nurses, and it also campaigns for better care, treatment and recognition for those affected.

Diana Jupp, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “Incredible progress has been in treatment for other cancers, but there hasn’t been a major breakthrough in pancreatic cancer for over 40 years. That is simply unacceptable. We urgently need to fund more research into new treatments before the deadliest common cancer takes even more lives, which is why so grateful to the artists and to Schroders for making this event happen and helping us transform the future for people affected by this dreadful disease.“



Harry Skeggs Connor Brothers Robi walters
Olumide Oresegun
Dan Badwin

Watch This Space Fashion Art Experience  
Olumide Gallery finishes up the season in collaboration and partnership with Rankin's Hunger Magazine to curate a three day inside out exhibition and fashion experience: Watch This Space.  The first day focused on a series of portraits of the UK's top contributors to the fashion and arts industry including Zandra Rhodes, Hannah Marshall and JJ Noki, selected by Fashion Director Kim Howells. With live editorial shoots from the esteemed Benjamin Madgwick to Arved Colvin Smith's incredible photoshoot with fourteen top fashion and textile universities including Central Saint Martins Harry Freegard, Middlesex Connor Baxter, and Edinburgh College of Arts Maddie Singer.   Watch This Space was completely open to public with live sketching and animation.




An Attempt at Doing the Right Thing: Emerging Talent Exhibition 14-25 June Nine Elms 
This summers exposition will feature esteemed  talent James Vaulkhard   a Kenyan-born, London-Based visual artist specializing in classical realism and statutory arts alongside  Cody Choi.  Originally from China, Cody began his journey as a photographic artists touring the world with the spectacular Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.  His style is fresh and innovative with a definitively unique ability to capture moving image.  


James Valukhard 

James Vaulkhard

Cody Choi

Cody Choi
The Olumide Gallery are dedicated to providing access and supporting top new  talent for collectors, as well as those who are new to the industry.   To attend the private view contact: eunice@ogallerylondon.com .  Proceeds to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.  In Partnership with The Royal College of Art London

OGL Managing Director Nominated V&A Design Champion 2018 
Our talented MD and founder Eunice Olumide has been awarded V & A Design Champion.  Olumide Galleries will be involved in curating and producing a variety of events and exhibitions in honour of the official opening of the new V & A Dundee  




Olumide Gallery London & Contemporary Collecting for The National Archive 
OGL will produce and curate a permanent gallery at The National Museum NMS 2018.  We are delighted to create such an incredible opportunity for all of the team and artists involved in the project.  Feel free to get in touch for more information 





Artist Representation: OGL Artists Placed in Hospital Club London and LA
We are pleased to announce the upcoming placement of Max Patte at The Hospital Club in London & LA.  Stay tuned for details of the exclusive private view and exhibition in February 2019.




Love Swing Covent Garden for Fashion Giant Chanel

See new commissioned work by the talented Lauren Baker in London's Covent Garden.  OGL have successfully placed works in the prestigious arts club Groucho in Soho.  




Olumide Gallery Teams up with the Esteemed Royal College of Art
We are pleased to Announce that Olumide Galleries  has started a new chapter in Europe's largest redevelopment,  Nine Elms Vauxhall.  Located opposite the new American Embassy OGL's Managing Director has been appointed the PR Director and Coordinator at Studio RCA.   With upcoming shows from established as well as fresh emerging artists, Studio RCA is set to be thee most exciting and desirable destination for collectors.  





OGL Managing Director Awarded Queens Honour's
Our Managing Director Eunice Olumide has been awarded an MBE by the Queen for her services to Arts & Charity, announced as part of her prestigious birthday honours.  The Honours List is the highest and most significant award within the British Empire.




Art Wars at Art Basel
Art Wars at Art Basel features a host of OGL talent from James Mylne to Lauren Baker.  A project started by the illustrious Ben Moore including Damien Hirst, Yinka Shonibare, Schoony, Inkie, Mr Brainwash, David Bailey and many more.   Artists design their own stormtrooper helmet to coincide with the release of Starwars IIIV The Last Jedi. 






Ian Berry For Pepe Jeans Regent Street Flagship Store
The worlds foremost denim artist Ian Berry's new commission work is unveiled in London for Pepe Jeans 




Upcoming Exhibition Cannes Film Festival
17th-28th May
Contact us for exclusive access to our upcoming private view in honour of Cannes 70th Anniversary Film Festival 17th-28th May 







Olumide Gallery London works with Richard Wilson




SWITCH Charity View 27th February-23rd March
Due to public demand the exhibition will run until the 23rd March. Please feel free to contact us for more information. 


Art by Max Patté, Photography by Peanut Butter Vibes



OLUMIDE GALLERY PRESENTS SWITCH





OLUMIDE GALLERY PRESENTS SWITCH, THE UK’S FIRST MULTIMEDIA 
EXIBITION TO EXPLORE SOCIO-ECONOMIC ISSUES AT CLERKENWELL LONDON.


Some of the UK’s most pioneering talent have collaborated to create Switch, an exhibition in partnership with Fuel Action Poverty, that presents socio-economic issues through inspiring sculptures, prints, paintings and neon.

Curator supermodel Eunice Olumide has selected each artist to bring a distinctive and unique element to the collection. The outcome is an intriguing and insightful exploration of the reality of life, the street and everyday people; seen through the eyes of the creators and straddles both past and present. The groundbreaking collection features four artists:

Max Patté studied at the Wimbledon School of Art in London (1997-2000), and was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2008. Famed for his inimitable lightworks and sculpture it is no wonder he has become a highly collectable artists. Max has been working his adopted homeland of New Zealand. During his regular travels along the North Island’s distinctive southern coastline, he was captivated by the constant tuning of colour, light and rising sea levels.

Ian Berry is one of the most unique contemporary artists of our time utilizing old denim to create his work, citing denim ‘being such a modern urban fabric, after having such rural origins. What better way to capture everyday urban life’. The depth and texture of his work encourages viewers to imagine what is behind the, often melancholic, urban scenes, depicting a lonely or less glamorous side of city living.

James Mylne is a British contemporary artist known for his drawings in ballpoint pen. His technical abilities with the unorthodox art medium have earned Mylne recognition in Europe and the UK, where he is considered a leader in his genre of painting, sculpture and printmaking. Kays' work is characterised by bold imagery, often drawn from popular culture and art history, acerbic word-play, traditional craftsmanship and deadpan humor.

Lauren Bakers explores the fragility of life, energy-fields, the after-life and other dimensions, Lauren Baker’s creations include painted and embellished human resin skulls, animal skulls and sculpted animal heads. Recent works involve neon, infinity mirror and moving sculpture.

Eunice explains: “The Olumide Gallery represents the most innovative and cutting edge talent of our time – at the heart of our work is love, peace and revolution. Visitors to the gallery will see the reality of life, the street and real people through the eyes of the artists and be spurred into action to support us.”

The Olumide Gallery’s Switch exhibition opens on the 20th February and runs until the 26th February at Clerkenwell London (155 Farringdon Road EC1R3AD).
For more information visit: www.olumidegallerylondon.com




CLIMATE REVOLUTION SWITCH EVENT FABRIC


There is one truly political act you can make as an individual or a group - Switch to GREEN ENERGY. Stop the demand for burning fossil fuels and further fracking and make choices that stop climate change. 
These are the messages that activist and British icon Vivienne Westwood will be giving to an audience of 900 people at the iconic nightspot, Fabric.

Taking place on Monday 20th February from 19:00 to midnight during London Fashion Week, the event follows the successful Climate Revolution event held last September at The Box nightclub, London, and is a continuation of the activist’s ongoing movement opposing the current political, economic and social dogma.

Sponsored by Sauvelle Vodka and The Olumide Gallery, the night will be a celebration of culture and conscious environmental activism, speakers on the night include Vivienne Westwood, James Jagger (Project Zero) and green energy supplier, Ecotricity’s founder, Dale Vince. To get the party started will be an exclusive DJ set by ‘A Guy Called Gerald’ and other special guest DJ’s.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, says “We can solve fuel poverty if we invest in renewable energy as a country and harness our indigenous and 'free' energy supplies”.
Vivienne adds “Importantly, the Big 6 energy companies – most of whom are anti-environment and anti-life - will be delivered a fatal blow, with more and more people switching to green energy suppliers”.

A percentage will be donated to Fuel Poverty Action: http://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk.
You can purchase a ticket here:
https://climaterevolution.eventbrite.co.uk



















Olumide Gallery private view Groucho Club


ICONIC ARTISTS COLLABORATE FOR THE VIP LAUNCH OF OLUMIDE GALLERY

New exhibition exploring socio-economic issues through inspiring sculptures, prints, paintings and neon from the UK’s most pioneering talent. The highly anticipated Olumide Gallery’s first live exhibition will launch on the 28th May from 18:00 – 1:00 at the Graucho club.


The groundbreaking collection is the result of collaborations between some on the UK’s most innovative artists, including Schoony, Hayden Kays, Inkie and Lauren Baker. The multi-disciplinary collective was set up by artists for artists and explores tough socio-economic issues, both past and present. The thought-provoking series includes paintings, neon, sculptures and prints, resulting in an impactful, beautiful and enlightening display. 

Curator Eunice Olumide said: “Olumide Gallery represents the most innovative and cutting edge talent of our time – at the heart of our work is love, peace and revolution. Visitors to the gallery will see the reality of life, the street and real people though the eyes of the artists."

Each artist has been selected for the gallery as they bring something distinctive and unique to the collection. The outcome is an intriguing and insightful exploration of the reality of life, the street and everyday people, seen through the eyes of the creators. The display includes some previously unseen works from British talents including Schoony and Nick Walker. The works on display ranging from £12,000 - £200,000.

Schoony’s new pieces are creating a buzz in the art world after he shot to fame through his unique multi-disciplinary work and technical brilliance. His most iconic lifecast Boy Soldier was first unveiled outside the houses of parliament as an anti-war protest. Since then Schoony has experimented with many different themes, examining capitalism and pop culture, and remains one of the few artists working within the lifecast discipline.

Additional highlights from the gallery include:

One of the world’s best known street artists, Nick Walker emerged from the infamous Bristol graffiti scene of the early 1980s. He draws on the energy and imagery of graffiti and combines the freedom of the spray can with very controlled and intricate stencilling.

Exploring the fragility of life, energy-fields, the after-life and other dimensions, Lauren Baker’s creations include painted and embellished human resin skulls, animal skulls and sculpted animal heads. Recent works involve neon, infinity mirror and moving sculpture.

Beginning work as part of Crime Incorporated Crew in 1983, Inkie is regarded as modern day father of street art. Inkie is now a brand, a name, an artist and a phenomenon who has garnered record-breaking auction sales.

Hayden Kays is a London-based artist whose practice encompasses painting, sculpture and printmaking. Kays' work is characterised by bold imagery, often drawn from popular culture and art history, acerbic word-play, traditional craftsmanship and deadpan humour.

Elmo Hood is an active street artist who uses a combination of spray paint, stencils and free hand brush techniques in all of his pieces. In recent years his canvas work has become a regular attraction in top London galleries such as Walton fine arts in Knightsbridge, as well as Westbank and Graffik gallery in Notting Hill.

BTC’s (Bone Tooth and Claw) background is in film, TV and animation. The BTC skull range is a product of his love of art, sculpture and the natural world. Cast from real skulls, the collection shows, in intimate detail, the complexity, fragility and all-out beauty of the organic form.

In addition to promoting the woven tradition, Anna Samat is a true pioneer in the contemporary weaving world using the original Malaysian songket, which she blends with her unique and dynamic style.

For enthusiasts looking to invest in the iconic pieces Eunice Olumide, the founder of Olumide Gallery, will be offering consultations to talk through the artwork.

















Olumide Gallery Private Exhibition & Soft Launch Latest Edition - 24 May 2016


Olumide Gallery soft launch and exhibition at The Groucho Private Members club. Invitation Only. Rotundum in Beternum, Jake and Dinos Chapman 'Untitled' with also be on show at the upcoming Soft Launch.


Gary Winship ‘Goaty’

James Mylne's 'Conceptualism', 'Samara in The City', 'Speculative Realism'

Ben Moore's 'Stormovski' will also be on show at the upcoming Soft Launch.
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