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, 'EVENING DRAWS IN' (STUDY), 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    'EVENING DRAWS IN' (STUDY), 2020
    Oil, acrylic, oil pastel on paper
    70 x 50 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, BLACK BRITON, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    BLACK BRITON, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, CLOSE ENCOUNTER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    CLOSE ENCOUNTER, 2020
    Watercolour, monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, DEFENDER, 2020
  • Kemi Onabule, DIPPER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    DIPPER, 2020
    Monotype, ink on paper
    42 x 30 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, DIVER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    DIVER, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 25 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, FAMILY, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    FAMILY, 2020
    Ink, watercolour, monotype on paper
    A5
  • Kemi Onabule, GATHER YOUR THOUGHTS, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    GATHER YOUR THOUGHTS, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, HERAKLES, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    HERAKLES, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, JUST US, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    JUST US, 2020
    Watercolour, monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, LAY OFF, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    LAY OFF, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, LIKE GHOSTS THEY ARRIVED, 2020
  • Kemi Onabule, MOON GAZER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    MOON GAZER, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 25 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, MOTHER AND CHILD, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    MOTHER AND CHILD, 2020
    Ink, oil, acrylic on paper
    42 x 29 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, PEACE, 2020
  • Kemi Onabule, RED FIGURE I, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    RED FIGURE I, 2020
    Watercolour, monotype on paper
    28 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, RED FIGURE II, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    RED FIGURE II, 2020
    Watercolour, monotype on paper
    28 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, SELF-PORTRAIT, 2020
  • Kemi Onabule, SHIN DIG, 2020
  • Kemi Onabule, STORM, 2020
  • Kemi Onabule, THE LAST PEACE, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    THE LAST PEACE, 2020
    Oil, pastel on canvas
    76 x 92 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, THE LAST TREE, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    THE LAST TREE, 2020
    Ink, oil, oil pastel on paper
    42 x 29 cm
  • 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
  • Kemi Onabule, TWO POOLS, 2020
  • Kemi Onabule, UNPREPARED, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    UNPREPARED, 2020
    Oil, oil pastel on canvas
    142 x 117 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, UNTITLED, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    UNTITLED, 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, DANCERS, 2019
    Kemi Onabule
    DANCERS, 2019
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, LONER, 2019
    Kemi Onabule
    LONER, 2019
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, MOUNTAINS REFLECTED, 2019
    Kemi Onabule
    MOUNTAINS REFLECTED, 2019
    Oil, oil pastel on canvas
    35 x 25 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, RECLINE, 2019
    Kemi Onabule
    RECLINE, 2019
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
  • Kemi Onabule, MIDNIGHT SÉANCE, 2017
    Kemi Onabule
    MIDNIGHT SÉANCE, 2017
    Pencil on paper
    A5
Press
Exhibitions