Shadi Al-Atallah

Overview

Shadi Al-Atallah is a London based multi-disciplinary artist, best known for their figurative large-scale paintings: the dark and dynamic figures depicted in their mixed-media work are distorted self-portraits of the artist.

Shadi Al-Atallah is a London based multi-disciplinary artist, best known for their figurative large-scale paintings: the dark and dynamic figures depicted in their mixed-media work are distorted self-portraits of the artist. Al-Atallah derives much of their inspiration from their childhood in Saudi Arabia, also the place of their birth, and the intersections of their mixed-race queer identity into adulthood.

 

Their ‘Catharsis’ series explores ‘healing’ as a concept, and examines the relationships between mental health, the body and spiritual practices; the imagery recalls spirit conjuring dances practiced among Arabs of African descent in the Arabian Gulf Region as well as modern interpretations of expulsive dancing such as voguing. Al-Atallah most recently exhibited the series in the BBZ BLK BK: Alternative Graduate Show which showcased the work of 10 queer artists of colour. 

 

Their more recent series 'Roadblocks' was exhibited in their debut solo show at Cob Gallery, London in November 2018.

 

Al-Atallah also practices as an illustrator, working on a smaller scale both digitally and on paper. Recently after their graduation, they have most notably been commissioned by music artist Kanye West and has worked with the artist to illustrate the artwork of two single covers as well as artwork for a YEEZY t-shirt collection. As of Autumn, 2018, Al-Atallah has begun their studies for an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. 

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Biography

B. in Saudi Arabia, 1994. Based in London, UK. 

 

Education 

2018 - 2021 MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London (UK) 

2013 -2018 BA Illustration, University of the Arts, London (UK) 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Upcoming, Guts Gallery 

2019 Fuck I’m Stuck, J Hammond Projects, London (UK) 

2018 Roadblocks, Cob Gallery, London (UK)

 

Group Exhibitions

2020 Begin Again, Guts Gallery, London (UK)  

2020 Paintings on, and, with paper, Cob Gallery, London (UK) 

2020 When Shit Hits the Fan, Guts Gallery, London (UK) 

2020 NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT, Public Gallery, London (UK) 

2020 Alter Ego, Unit London, London, (UK) 

2020 Without a Painter, The Fitzrovia Gallery, London, (UK) 

 2019 The Head The Hand, Blank Projects, Cape Town, (South Africa)  

2019 Sharks, Swim Gallery, San Francisco, (US) 

2019 Absinthe, Collectivending, Spit and Sawdsut, London, (UK) 

2018 AFROPUNK x 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning Present: People Art  Resistance, London (UK) 

2018 LDN WMN, Tate Collective, public commission, London, (UK) 

2018 BBZ BLK BK, Copeland Gallery, London (UK) 

 

Talks/Events/Projects

2020 Eating at the Same Table x Fuck I’m Stuck, London (UK) 

2019 The Art of Creativity, Tate Britain, London (UK) 

2019 CommuneEAST x The Curtain Hotel, London (UK) 

2019 “Intersect”, Cambridge Univeristy Queens’ Art Festival, Cambridge, (UK) 

2019 “Gender Fuckery in Contemporary British Art” at b.Dewitt Gallery 

2019, London, (UK) 2019 CommuneEAST x Selfridges, London, (UK) 

2018 Insights: Beyond Gender, Tate Modern, (UK)

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