Championed Artist

Overview

Kemi Onabule explores the human relationship to nature and its changing role in our lives, our effect on it and the colonial histories that are intertwined with our current ecological predicament.  

Kemi Onabule is a painter and printmaker living and working in london. Since graduating from her  BA in Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon College Of Art in 2016, she has been included in the Hix Award 2017 and the Ingram Young Artist Award 2017 and recently had her debut Solo Show: ‘Arrival On The Beach’ 2020 at Guts Gallery. In her work she explores the human relationship to nature and its changing role in our lives, our effect on it and the colonial histories that are intertwined with our current ecological predicament.  

 

She is influenced by her Greek, English and Nigerian heritage and their ancient cultures, taking aesthetic and symbolic aspects from each to create a visual language that moves across the various mediums she uses.  

 

 

 

Works
  • Kemi Onabule, Midnight, 2017
    Kemi Onabule
    Midnight, 2017
    Oil on canvas
    60 x 95 cm
    23 5/8 x 37 3/8 in
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  • 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, Join the Others , 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    Join the Others , 2020
    Gouache on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, You Wounded Me, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    You Wounded Me, 2020
    Oil pastel, oil on canvas
    146 x 116 cm
    57 1/2 x 45 5/8 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, dog lady, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    dog lady, 2020
    Monotype on Paper
    21 x 29 cm
    8 1/4 x 11 3/8 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, Lady lying down is 'exhale', 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    Lady lying down is 'exhale', 2020
    Monotype on paper
    29 x 21 cm
    11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, DIVER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    DIVER, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 25 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, THE LAST PEACE, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    THE LAST PEACE, 2020
    Oil, pastel on canvas
    76 x 92 cm
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, DEFENDER, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    DEFENDER, 2020
    Oil, oil pastel, ink on paper
    42 x 29 cm
    Signed
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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, 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
    Signed
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  • Kemi Onabule, STORM, 2020
    Kemi Onabule
    STORM, 2020
    Oil, oil pastel, ink on paper
    70 x 50 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
    55 7/8 x 46 1/8 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, The Last Couple, 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    The Last Couple, 2021
    Oil and pastel on canvas
    91.4 x 76.2 cms
    36 x 30 inches
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  • Kemi Onabule, At Peace, 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    At Peace, 2021
    Oil and pastel on canvas
    50 x 40 cms
    19 69/100 x 15 3/4 inches
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  • Kemi Onabule, Blooming, 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    Blooming, 2021
    Oil and pastel on canvas
    50 x 40 cms
    19 69/100 x 15 3/4 inches
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  • Kemi Onabule, I Saw it Hang Down , 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    I Saw it Hang Down , 2021
    Oil, oil pastel on canvas
    118 x 91 cm
    46 1/2 x 35 7/8 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, Only Do Nothing, 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    Only Do Nothing, 2021
    Oil, oil pastel on canvas
    92 x 76 cm
    36 1/4 x 29 7/8 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, A Deeper Connection , 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    A Deeper Connection , 2021
    Oil pastel on canvas
    91.4 x 76.2 cms
    36 x 30 inches
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  • Kemi Onabule, In Plain Sight, 2021
    Kemi Onabule
    In Plain Sight, 2021
    Oil, acrylic on canvas
    91.5 x 76 cm
    36 1/8 x 29 7/8 in
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  • Kemi Onabule, Full Circle, 2022
    Kemi Onabule
    Full Circle, 2022
    Oil, oil pastel on canvas
    142 x 117 cm
    55 7/8 x 46 1/8 in
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CV

Born 1995 in London. Lives and Works in London. 

 

Education 

2016 BA (Hons), Fine Art: Painting, Wimbledon College of Art

 

Solo Exhibitions 

2020 Kemi Onabule: Arrival on the Beach, Guts Gallery 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2022 ‘Matches Struck Unexpectedly In The Dark’ One Room Gallery, London. 

2022 ‘Shrubs’ Night Gallery, Los Angeles 

2022 ‘Paper’ Beers Gallery, London 

2021 Saw It Hang Down There, Bode Projects, Berlin                                               

2021 Reality Check, Guts Gallery/Anderson Contemporary, London                               2021 Into The Light of The Present Day, Oliver Projects, London                       

2021 Underpinned by Movements of Freighters, The Florence Trust, London

2021 Cluster-Phobia, Newington Green Meeting House, London                     

2021 Get A Load of This, Daniel Raphael Gallery, London 

2021 For The Many Not The Few, Guts Gallery, London 

2020 Untitled (But Loved), Bosse & Baum, London 

2020 In Response, The Viewing Room, London 

2019 They Catch Feelings, I Catch Bodies, Sim Smith Gallery, London,

2016 Wimbledon College of Art BA Degree Show, London 

2015 The Contemporary Portrait, Thompson’s Gallery, London Art Fairs 

2021 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair with Oliver Projects 

2020 FNB Art Joburg, with Bode Projects

 

Awards 

2021 Jackson's Painting Prize, Shortlisted 

2017 Hix Award, Shortlisted 

2017 Ingram Young Artist Prize, Shortlisted 

2016 Clyde & Co Art Awards, Shortlisted

 

 

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