Kemi Onabule

Overview

Onabule’s paintings aim to engage with this narrative in the form of a challenge, showing a utopic, yet layered view of humanity.

Kemi Onabule's paintings are a response to a world that seems to be in chaos; unravelling economic structures, overwhelming ecological destruction, and the overturning of societal norms have necessitated a societal reassessment of conceptions of belonging and identity. In turn, Onabule’s paintings aim to engage with this narrative in the form of a challenge, showing a utopic, yet layered view of humanity. Heavily featuring female figures and lush, unrestrained vegetation in her work, she hopes to reimagine a world that is unburdened by the demands of modernity and the alienation of labor under contemporary capitalist frameworks. 

Works
  • Kemi Onabule, A CLEAR VIEW, 2018
    Kemi Onabule
    A CLEAR VIEW, 2018
    Oil, oil pastel, acrylic on canvas
    95 x 145 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, A CLOSER SUN, 2019
    Kemi Onabule
    A CLOSER SUN, 2019
    Oil, acrylic, ink, oil pastel on canvas
    111 x 117 cm
    43 3/4 x 46 1/8 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, ANCESTORS PUT A CURSE ON ME, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    ANCESTORS PUT A CURSE ON ME, 2020
    Oil, oil pastel on canvas
    60 x 50 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, Join the Others (As Part of the Reality Check Charity Sale), 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    Join the Others (As Part of the Reality Check Charity Sale), 2020
    Gouache on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, SWAY TOGETHER , 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    SWAY TOGETHER , 2021
    Oil pastel, ink, acrylic on paper
    59 x 84 cm
    23 1/4 x 33 1/8 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, HOPE FOR A BETTER , 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    HOPE FOR A BETTER , 2021
    Oil pastel, ink, acrylic on paper
    84 x 59 cm
    33 1/8 x 23 1/4 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, They Had A Message For Us, 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    They Had A Message For Us, 2021
    Oil, oil pastel, acrylic on canvas
    92 x 76 cm
    36 1/4 x 29 7/8 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, 'EVENING DRAWS IN' (STUDY), 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    'EVENING DRAWS IN' (STUDY), 2020
    Oil, acrylic, oil pastel on paper
    70 x 50 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, BLACK BRITON, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    BLACK BRITON, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, CLOSE ENCOUNTER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    CLOSE ENCOUNTER, 2020
    Watercolour, monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, DEFENDER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    DEFENDER, 2020
    Oil, oil pastel, ink on paper
    42 x 29 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, DIPPER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    DIPPER, 2020
    Monotype, ink on paper
    42 x 30 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, DIVER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    DIVER, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 25 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, FAMILY, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    FAMILY, 2020
    Ink, watercolour, monotype on paper
    A5
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, GATHER YOUR THOUGHTS, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    GATHER YOUR THOUGHTS, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, HERAKLES, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    HERAKLES, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, JUST US, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    JUST US, 2020
    Watercolour, monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, LAY OFF, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    LAY OFF, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, LIKE GHOSTS THEY ARRIVED, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    LIKE GHOSTS THEY ARRIVED, 2020
    Oil, oil pastel on canvas
    76 x 92 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, MOON GAZER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    MOON GAZER, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 25 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, MOTHER AND CHILD, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    MOTHER AND CHILD, 2020
    Ink, oil, acrylic on paper
    42 x 29 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, PEACE, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    PEACE, 2020
    Ink, monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, RED FIGURE I, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    RED FIGURE I, 2020
    Watercolour, monotype on paper
    28 x 21 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, RED FIGURE II, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    RED FIGURE II, 2020
    Watercolour, monotype on paper
    28 x 21 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, SELF-PORTRAIT, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    SELF-PORTRAIT, 2020
    Watercolour on paper
    A5
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, SHIN DIG, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    SHIN DIG, 2020
    Watercolour, monotype on paper
    21 X 29 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, STORM, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    STORM, 2020
    Oil, oil pastel, ink on paper
    70 x 50 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, THE LAST PEACE, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    THE LAST PEACE, 2020
    Oil, pastel on canvas
    76 x 92 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, THE LAST TREE, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    THE LAST TREE, 2020
    Ink, oil, oil pastel on paper
    42 x 29 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, THE WATER WAS A REFLECTION, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    THE WATER WAS A REFLECTION, 2020
    Oil, acrylic, oil pastel on paper
    84 x 59 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, TWO POOLS, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    TWO POOLS, 2020
    Ink, watercolour on paper
    A5
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, UNPREPARED, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    UNPREPARED, 2020
    Oil, oil pastel on canvas
    142 x 117 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, UNTITLED, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    UNTITLED, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, DANCERS, 2019
    Kemi Onabule
    DANCERS, 2019
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, LONER, 2019
    Kemi Onabule
    LONER, 2019
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, MOUNTAINS REFLECTED, 2019
    Kemi Onabule
    MOUNTAINS REFLECTED, 2019
    Oil, oil pastel on canvas
    35 x 25 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, RECLINE, 2019
    Kemi Onabule
    RECLINE, 2019
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
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  • Kemi Onabule, MIDNIGHT SÉANCE, 2017
    Kemi Onabule
    MIDNIGHT SÉANCE, 2017
    Pencil on paper
    A5
    Signed
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