Richard Ayodeji Ikhide

Free Flow 2

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Year 2021
Medium Pentel brush pen on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Top pick Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, artist

About the work

In exploring automatic drawing, I’ve been trying to apply similar free flowing qualities to figurative work. I have also been exploring the potential within the figure as parts of it manifest through this automatic process.

About the artist:

Born 1991 Lagos, Richard Ayodeji Ikhide lives and works in London. Graduated from Foundation Diploma, Central Saint Martins, London (2011); BA, Central Saint Martins, London (2014); and Postgraduate Diploma, Royal Drawing School, London (2017).

Ikhide creates paintings and drawings inspired by his Nigerian heritage as well as his interest in other civilizations and mythologies. The works have a figurative core, but they are completed with colorful abstract gestures and patterns. According to Ikhide, “Many cultural histories converge in my work. During the course of my life, I have absorbed a lot of information, and when I make work, I intuitively respond to it and my life experiences. In doing so, I aim to bring together past, present and future as well as multiple geographies and cultures.”

Selected solo exhibitions include Cosmic Memory, Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2021); Future Past, V.O Curations, London (2021); and Osmosis, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2019). Selected group exhibitions include No Horizon, No Edge to Liquid, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2020); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, John Moores University, Liverpool and South London Gallery, London (2018); Best of Drawing Year 2018, Christies, London (2017); and Obscurity, Somewhereto, London (2015).

Residencies include V.O Curations Residency, London (2021). Awards include Clothworkers’ Award 1st Prize, The Clothworkers’ Company and Central Saint Martins, London (2018).

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