The Hepworth Wakefield, as regular readers on this site will know, is a personal favourite. Not only does the Gallery bring Barbara Hepworth back to her native Yorkshire with permanent displays and temporary exhibitions, but also has a dynamic programme of other exhibitions. I hope to get back to the gallery in the next few weeks to see the latest example
Jadé Fadojutimi, born in 1993, trained at Slade School of Art and The Royal College of Art. Fresh from the Liverpool Biennial in 2021 and the Venice Biennale, The Milk of Dreams, in 2022, her exhibition at Wakefield will focus on a collection of large scale canvases. Her work is primarily abstract but combines with occasional figurative motifs, but most especially is marked by a dynamism and high energy in her imagery.
Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator of The Hepworth, says of Fadojutimi, ‘She is one of the most dynamic and innovative painters of her generation with a maturity of language that surpasses her young age’.
Fadojutimi sees her work like a diary. She describes, ‘(the process as) bathing in conversations between colour, texture, line and form’. This thought does very aptly describe painted abstract art. I cannot wait to see these paintings in the flesh. It is always good to experience large, energetic paintings full of dynamism.
Images © from website of Hepworth Wakefield