Claire-Anne Abi Ola

For my art practice I specialise in painting, drawing, screen printing, collaging, batik, and textiles. My artwork focuses on shapes and patterns. I get inspiration from old photographs, fabrics that I find in my house, and different exhibitions. For example, oceanic art from the Royal Academy of Arts, African textiles from the British Museum, and William Morris wallpaper designs. When painting the figures in the photographs I realised that I was much more interested in the shapes and patterns that I found in their clothes than the figures themselves. Therefore, I began to focus on the shapes and patterns and create my own pattern designs in my paintings.

Education -

The Slade School Of Fine Art, University College London, Master Of Fine Arts, 2019 - 2021, Distinction

Goldsmiths University Of London, Bachelor Of Fine Arts, 2016 - 2019, 1st Class Honours

Latest Exhibitions -

End Of Year Degree Show, The Slade School Of Fine Art, 2021

The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize short-list exhibition - Coventry Cathedral, 2021

Kupfer, The Gaze Is A Singular Act, London, 2020

The Old Biscuit Factory, London, 2020

The Chaplin Centre, ASC Gallery, London, 2020

Parallax Art Fair, 2019

8496 Collective, International Youths Arts Centre, London, 2019

End Of Year Degree Show, Goldsmiths, University Of London, 2019

The Genesis Cinema, London, 2018

Ephemeral Exhibition, London, 2018

Contemporary Water Colour Competition, Bankside Gallery, London, 2018

Solo Exhibition

Bloomsbury Festival, Vision, Store Street Building Centre, London, 2020 - 2021


UCL East Student In Residence, 2021

Kupfer Recidency, 2021


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