Sterling has carved out a distinctive niche in using paint to address questions of blackness and whiteness in twenty-first century Britain.
B. 1996, Peterborough, England. Based in London, UK.
2015-2018 BA Fine Art, University of Derby
2018-2020 MA Painting, Royal College of Art
2021 Solo Show, Guts Gallery, UK (forthcoming)
2021 White Bread, Cob Gallery, London, UK
2021 Episodes, CCA Goldsmiths, London, UK (forthcoming)
2021 Selfhood, Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery, London (forthcoming)2021 Safe as Milk, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
2020 Clutching at Straws, Volt, Eastbourne
2020 It Clings like a Leech, Guts Gallery, London
2020 A Cure for Nose Bleeds, Marriots Way, Reepham Norfolk
2018 Who is civilised? Gallery No.1, Repton
2020 Curated for Christmas, All Mouth x Bowes-Parris Gallery, London
2020 RCA Black History Online, David Lisbon, Online
2020 Love your symptom, but not too much, Blank Projects, Cape Town
2020 A Rudimentary Education, Art Lacuna, London
2020 London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London
2020 Right Back at You, The Function Suite, London
2020 Begin Again, Guts Gallery, Online
2020 BLACK & WHITE, The Orange Garden, Online
2020 50/50, FOLD Gallery, London
2020 London’s New Contemporaries, A Space for Art, Hari Hotel London
2020 Materiality and Connection, curated by Joe Hill, RCA, Online
2020 Optimistic, Singular and New, curated by Jony Ive, RCA, Online
2020 Urgency, Wit and Rigour, curated by John Bloomfield, RCA, Online
2020 I Graduated From My Bedroom curated by Victor Wang, RCA, Online
2020 Slivers and Remnants curated by Esther Leslie, RCA, Online
2020 RCA2020, RCA, Online
2020 Tomorrow: London, White Cube, Online
2020 Without a Painter, Fitzrovia Gallery, London
2020 Snapshot, RCA Hockney Gallery, London
2019 Meet Me in the Kitchen, UCA Farnham, Surrey
2019 Got it for Cheap, House of Vans, London
2019 Painting from the Other Side, Dyson Gallery, London
2018 WIP, Sackler, RCA Battersea
2018 Britannia Mill, Derby
2017 Smoke and Mirrors, Riverlights, Derby, England
2016 Ilam, Staffordshire
2014 Earth without Art, Spalding, England
2020 HQI Summer residency, London
2016 Extended Contexts, National Trust IIam, England
2020 HoP Around with Alexandria Smith, RCA, London
2020 Without a Painter in Conversation with Bolane Tajudeen, London
2019 Artist Talk, UCA Farnham
2018 Pro Vice-Chancellor / Dean's Award 2018 Degree Show Exhibition
Olivia Sterling in GQSophie Hastings, GQ , 24 Jun 2021
Guts Gallery featured in The New York Times 'Gallery Weekend Brings London's Art Scene Back to Life 'Scott Reyburn, The New York Times , 7 Jun 2021
Olivia Sterling featured in Wallpaper* ‘CITIZENS OF MEMORY’: NOSTALGIA AND THE BLACK EXPERIENCE EXPLOREDOyin Akande , Wallpaper*, 26 May 2021
OLIVIA STERLING FEATURED IN SIXTH FINCHSixth Finch , 13 May 2021
FRIEZE REVIEWS OLIVIA STERLING 'WHITE BREAD' EXHIBITIONLeanne Petersen , FRIEZE, 20 Apr 2021
ELEPHANT FEATURES SOPHIE VALLANCE AND OLIVIA STERLINGMadeleine Pollard , ELEPHANT , 2 Apr 2021
PURPLE MAGAZINE REVIEWS “WHITE BREAD” AN EXHIBITION BY OLIVIA STERLING AT COB GALLERY, LONDONJethro Turner, PURPLE , 30 Mar 2021
DATEAGLE ART STUDIO VISIT WITH OLIVIA STERLINGLaurie Barron, DATEAGLE ART , 22 Feb 2021
DATEAGLE ART INTERVIEWS OLIVIA STERLINGLaurie Barron, DATEAGLE ART, 22 Feb 2021
Top Ten Shows from the UK and IrelandMimi Chu, Frieze, 12 Feb 2021
OLIVIA STERLING INTERVIEW ON SHE CURATESMOLLIE E BARNES, SHE CURATES, 13 Jan 2021
ON VIEW BY FLASH ART: “It’s 2020 For F*ck Sake” Guts Gallery and Soft Punk / LondonFlash Art , 11 Dec 2020
Olivia Sterling paints nostalgia-filled pieces to deconstruct complex issues of otheringLucy Bourton, It's Nice That, 6 Nov 2020
IT’S 2020 FOR F*CK SAKEART PLUGGED, ART PLUGGED, 30 Sep 2020
Begin Again is the virtual art exhibition tackling racial inequalityGunseli Yalcinkaya, Dazed , 14 Aug 2020
Scrap that, lets begin againTJ Sidhu, The Face, 13 Aug 2020
Begin Again: The online exhibition challenging austerity and racial oppressionScarlett Baker , Love Magazine, 13 Aug 2020
A NEW ART WORLD22 - 29 Jul 2021Private View: Thursday 22 July 6-9pm Opening Hours: Tues - Sun 11am - 6pm Location: 147 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0NY No RSVP's required Picking up where Guts...
GUTS GALLERY INTRODUCINGLondon Gallery Weekend at The Shop at Sadie Coles HQ 4 - 6 Jun 2021London Gallery Weekend 4-6 June 2021 11am - 8pm (Opening day) 11am - 6pm (Regular hours) The Shop at Sadie Coles HQ, 62 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QN Directions...
WHEN SHIT HITS THE FAN AGAINFOR ARTISTS BY ARTISTS, 1 NIGHT ONLY. 4 Feb - 4 Mar 2021Through the invitation extended to established artists into the exhibition. We are hoping to reinstate a balance of power. Allowing established artists to shoulder emerging artists. 50% of sales of works sold by an established artist, will be distributed entirely to all the emerging artists involved. This redistribution of wealth offers a new outlook and model that is fundamentally for artists, by artists, creating an alternative system of support.
IT CLINGS LIKE A LEECHA Debut Solo Show by Olivia Sterling | It's 2020 For F*ck Sake – A Thirteen Artist, Back-to-Back Solo Exhibition Marathon 22 - 26 Oct 2020A Debut Solo Show by Olivia Sterling as part of the It's 2020 For F*ck Sake Exhibition Marathon
BEGIN AGAINAs society shifts, the art world shifts. We are on the cusp of change. 13 - 27 Aug 2020This is a time to stop, reflect, create dialogue, and put our words into positive action. To begin again we must shoulder each other, listen to each other, work together and collectively change together. As the newest generation of art collectors, we urge you to collect from this exhibition. The revenue made will support The Free Black University and the newest generation of artists.
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With many thanks to Lotte Andersen for her continuous support throughout this exhibition, and to Pallas Citroen, Director of The Bomb Factory Art Foundation. Who is kindly providing a free gallery space as part of The Guts Prize.
Gallery Weekend Brings London’s Art Scene Back to LifeGuts Gallery featured in The New York Times for London Gallery Weekend 7 Jun 2021Pennick, who describes herself as a “working-class, queer Northerner with no art background,” was one of more than 130 London-based dealers holding live exhibitions during...
Olivia Sterling in Drawing Biennial 202113 May 2021Olivia Sterling will be a part of Drawing Biennial 2021 exhibition and auction, featuring new and recent works on paper by leading international artists. Contributing...
Olivia Sterling's Virtual Reality Studio Visit24 Feb 2021We are excited to release the first Guts virtual reality studio visit of 2021 at Olivia Sterling's art studio, which is located in a colossal...