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Jade Fadojutimi: Jesture (2022)

76pp, softback, 280 x 240 mm, c.30 images

Jadé Fadojutimi’s sell-out publication ‘Jesture’ has been reprinted and is now available. The title was produced by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery to accompany the second solo exhibition at the gallery of new paintings by London-based artist Jadé Fadojutimi, presented in autumn 2020. Described by Fadojutimi as ‘environments’, these complex compositions, neither wholly abstract nor figurative, are built up with layers of oil paint, interrupted by the more linear mark-making made possible by her recent adoption of oil pastels. The introduction of new materials into her painting has enabled Fadojutimi to think more broadly about palette, composition and depth, while translating the spontaneity of her drawing onto the canvas.

In her essay for the publication, ‘From Life – Thoughts on the paintings of Jadé Fadojutimi’, writer and editor-at-large of frieze magazine Jennifer Higgie writes: ‘In these paintings, the world, in all of its chaotic glory, exists as an intimation. Art is not an explanation: it’s a shot of energy, a flash of colour; a shimmer, a reaction, a line thrown out to see who might pick it up. Pictures are made by people and, like people, their tone can switch direction in the blink of an eye.’

This, the artist’s first published book, designed by A Practice for Everyday Life, has been co-published by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, and Anomie Publishing, London. It was first published in January 2021 and reprinted in 2022.

Jadé Fadojutimi (b.1993) lives and works in London. She earned a BA from The Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2015 and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2017. After Pippy Houldsworth Gallery took on representation of the artist and presented her first solo exhibition in 2017-18, she had her first one-person institutional show at PEER UK, London in 2019. Acquisitions by Baltimore Museum of Art, ICA Miami, Tate London and a promised gift to Dallas Museum of Art followed soon after. She had her first solo exhibition in Germany with Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, in 2019 and will have her first solo exhibition in Japan with Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, opening March 2021. Fadojutimi has been selected to participate in Liverpool Biennial 2021. Her first solo US museum exhibition was presented at ICA Miami in November 2021. She will have a solo exhibition of new work at The Hepworth Wakefield in autumn 2022 and has been selected for inclusion in the international pavilion of the Venice Biennale, from April to November 2022.

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