Everlyn Nicodemus

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Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm

41 Dover Street, W1S 4NS, London, UK
Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm


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Everlyn Nicodemus

to Sat 28 May 2022

41 Dover Street, W1S 4NS Everlyn Nicodemus

Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm


Richard Saltoun Gallery presents a major solo exhibition of African diaspora artist Everlyn Nicodemus (b. 1954), her first with the gallery. The exhibition marks Nicodemus’ first solo show in London in over 15 years and brings together a selection of works spanning 40 years, including unseen paintings from The Wedding series.

Artworks

Untitled No 31 (Baudelaire and Rimbaud), 2021



Pen, pencil and collage on paper

45 x 32 cm
Signed and dated lower left recto.
 Titled, dated and location verso

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Untitled No 57 (Baudelaire and Rimbaud), 2022


Pen, pencil and collage on paper

45 x 32 cm

Signed and dated lower right recto.
 Titled, dated and location verso

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The Wedding 71, 1992

Oil on canvas 

Triptych: 
130 x 100 cm each, 
130 x 300 cm together 


Signed lower right recto. 
'A,B,C Borgerhout' to verso


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The Wedding 60, 1992



Oil on canvas
200 x 145 cm
Signed and dated lower right recto. 
'Borgerhout' to verso

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The Wedding 46, 1991


Oil on canvas
200 x 150 cm
Inscribed 'Borgerhout' to verso

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Bystander 27, 2007


Pencil and collage on parchment paper

50 x 35 cm

Signed dated and dedicated in lower centre


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The Widow and The Shadow (set of 12), 2018


Pencil, ink and charcoal on paper

Each: 42 x 30 cm
Each work signed, dated, titled and numbered sequentially verso

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Untitled (set of 5), 1996


Mixed media on paper
Each: 41 x 37 cm 

Each signed and dated verso

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Untitled, 1994


Acrylic, gold leaf, silver leaf, charcoal and pencil on paper

56 x 40 cm

Signed and dated lower right recto


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Untitled, 1994


Acrylic, gold leaf, silver leaf, charcoal, pencil on paper

56 x 40 cm

Signed and dated lower right recto

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Everlyn Nicodemus is one of the strongest feminist voices to emerge from Eastern Africa in the past 30 years. Drawing on personal experience and her battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Nicodemus’ work explores the universal issues of racism, cultural trauma, human suffering and the marginalisation of women throughout history.

Born in Kilimanjaro, Nicodemus spent many years moving across Europe – to Sweden, France, Belgium and finally Scotland, where she currently lives and works. Her years of emigration were marked by harassment, persecution and isolation and eventually culminated in a traumatic breakdown – which she describes as a near-death experience – and the beginning of her suffering of PTSD.

Amidst the adversities, Nicodemus turns to art-making as a way of healing. She creates out of necessity, her unique body of work is a spontaneous outpouring of emotions into multiple forms: paintings, collaged ‘books’, photographs, poems and assemblages where textiles, straw and other natural materials overlap with metal wire and found objects.

A recurring element in her figurative paintings is the female body, instrumental in reclaiming freedom and the lost stories of women from minority communities.

Nicodemus’ own body takes centre stage in The Wedding (1991-92), a series of 84 large-scale self-portraits representing a ballad about the experience of meeting and fighting death and returning to life after her breakdown. For Nicodemus, returning to life meant reoccupation of her body, which had been obliterated by the past trauma. And to make this pictorial representation tangible, she chose constantly bigger sizes, with the final works in the series measuring more than seven square metres.

The paintings from The Wedding are shown here for the first time, alongside works on paper and mixed media assemblages that Nicodemus realised over the course of 40 years (1980-2020).

Courtesy of Richard Saltoun, London


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