We are all beauty, and that is what is encapsulated by the word life.
In her paintings, which are often monumental in scale, Jadé Fadojutimi orchestrates color, space, line, and movement in the service of fluid emotion and the quest for self-knowledge. She interprets everyday experience in ways that reflect a drive to understand more completely the perpetually intertwined ideas of identity and beauty.
Fadojutimi was born in 1993 in London, where she lives and works. She graduated with a BA from the Slade School of Art, London, in 2015, and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2017 (also receiving that year’s Hine Painting Prize). Her solo exhibition The Numbing Vibrancy of Characters in Play opened at Peer, London, in 2019, and Yet, Another Pathetic Fallacy at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, in 2021. In 2022, she will have a solo exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield, England. Fadojutimi has also participated in several major group exhibitions and biennials including Jahresgaben 2020 at Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany; The Stomach and the Port, Liverpool Biennial, England (2021); Mixing It Up: Painting Today at the Hayward Gallery, London (2021); and The Milk of Dreams at the 59th Biennale di Venezia (2022).
Making use of key visual elements from twentieth-century painting such as grids, layers, and disparate marks, Fadojutimi conjures a sense of continual transformation. Her compositions can suggest plants, microbes, or marine landscapes, but edge consistently toward abstraction. Described by the artist as “environments,” these complex arrangements are built up with layers of oil paint, sometimes interrupted by lines of oil pastel. Fadojutimi also combines elements of clothing—swatches of fabric and the shapes of stockings and bows—with ambiguous outlines to reflect the trauma of displacement.
Fadojutimi draws inspiration from specific locations, cultures, objects, and sounds, especially Japanese anime, clothing, and soundtracks (she traveled to Japan after graduating from the Slade, then again for a residency in 2016, and now returns to the country several times a year). Writing, too, is key to her process—sometimes she uses it to help articulate the subtleties of her painting; at other times she positions it in parallel to the visual by adopting a more poetic approach. For Fadojutimi, her roles as artist and writer are equally important aspects of her creative practice.
Photo: Anamarija Ami Podrebarac
The Art of Wishes 2023
Monday, October 9, 2023
Raffles Hotel, London
Founded by philanthropist and Make‐A‐Wish patron Batia Ofer, the Art of Wishes is a charitable initiative that brings the international art community together to raise funds for Make-A-Wish UK, a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. The sixth annual Art of Wishes benefit auction and gala will take place at Raffles Hotel in London. The auction will be hosted on Artsy, with a preview of the artworks open to the public from October 4 through 7 at Christie’s London. Twelve works by leading international artists such as Edmund de Waal, Jadé Fadojutimi, Albert Oehlen, Stanley Whitney, and others will be included.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2022 © Albert Oehlen
Frieze Seoul 2023
September 7–9, 2023, booth C14
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Frieze Seoul 2023 with a presentation of contemporary works by gallery artists, including Derrick Adams, Georg Baselitz, Dan Colen, Edmund de Waal, Jadé Fadojutimi, Urs Fischer, Cy Gavin, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Nan Goldin, Katharina Grosse, Jennifer Guidi, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Rick Lowe, Takashi Murakami, Nam June Paik, Giuseppe Penone, Ed Ruscha, Alexandria Smith, Anna Weyant, Stanley Whitney, Jonas Wood, and Richard Wright, among others.
Coinciding with the fair is the arrival of Jiyoung Lee, who was recently appointed to lead the gallery’s operations in Korea. Lee joins Gagosian following nearly fifteen years based in Seoul working on behalf of both Korean and Western galleries. Her appointment builds on the gallery’s establishment of a business entity in Korea last year, and provides for expanded activities in the region.
Gagosian’s booth at Frieze Seoul 2023. Artwork, left to right: © Jadé Fadojutimi, © Jen Guidi, © Alexandria Smith, © Mehdi Ghadyanloo, © Rick Lowe Studio, © Jonas Wood, Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Art Basel Hong Kong 2023
March 22–25, 2023
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2023 with a presentation of modern and contemporary works by international artists.
Jadé Fadojutimi, As usual, the season’s showers tend to linger, 2023 © Jadé Fadojutimi
Making Their Mark
November 2, 2023–January 27, 2024
Shah Garg Foundation, New York
Making Their Mark, curated by Cecilia Alemani, showcases the works of more than seventy women artists from the last eight decades. The exhibition champions the lives and work of women artists, bringing into vibrant relief their intergenerational relationships, formal and material breakthroughs, and historical impact. Through drawings, mixed media, paintings, sculptures, and textile works, these artists aim to rechart art history through their singular, iconic practices. Work by Carol Bove, Jadé Fadojutimi, Sarah Sze, and Mary Weatherford is included.
Carol Bove, The Chevaliers, 2021 © Carol Bove
Jadé Fadojutimi in
New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions
November 12, 2022–September 17, 2023
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
New Abstracts showcases an expansive range of practices constituting contemporary abstraction. Many artists working with abstract vocabularies today interrogate not only the possibilities of color, material, gesture, and form, but also the potential for injecting abstract art with political, spiritual, or personal meaning. All of the works in the exhibition are recent additions to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Work by Jadé Fadojutimi is included.
Installation view, New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 12, 2022–September 17, 2023. Artwork, left to right: © Jadé Fadojutimi, © Alex Hubbard, © Channing Hansen. Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA
Can we see the colour green because we have a name for it?
September 16, 2022–March 19, 2023
Hepworth Wakefield, England
This exhibition of new work by Jadé Fadojutimi includes large-scale paintings that combine abstract and figurative elements in compositions that vibrate with graphic energy. At the heart of Fadojutimi’s practice is an introspective mining of facets of her own identity and the social and cultural environments that shape them. Her paintings are typically made in bursts of energetic mark making. While some are worked on over time, others are completed in a single sitting, and each evokes a memory or experience.
Installation view, Jadé Fadojutimi: Can we see the colour green because we have a name for it, Hepworth Wakefield, England, September 16–March 19, 2023. Artwork © Jadé Fadojutimi. Photo: Michael Brzezinski
Raum Für Phantasievolle Aktionen
Neupräsentation Der Sammlung
May 8, 2022–January 31, 2023
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
This exhibition, whose title translates to Space for Imaginative Actions, celebrates the museum’s thirtieth anniversary on the Museum Mile and brings together monographic and thematic works from more than forty artists. Work by Jadé Fadojutimi, Albert Oehlen, and Gerhard Richter is included.
Installation view, Raum Für Phantasievolle Aktionen: Neupräsentation Der Sammlung, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, May 8, 2022–January 31, 2023. Artwork © Albert Oehlen