Sola Olulode smiling in her studio

Sola Olulode

Multilayered, dream-like canvases provide refuge for Black queer love.

“I craved the intimacies I had with Black womxn, so I painted many scenes dedicated to those relationships.”

Olulode’s expressionist style fuses abstraction and figuration. The romantic vignettes focus on subtle, mundane expressions of intimacy with a warm palette of deep toned blues, yellows and greens. Drawing from her British-Nigerian heritage, she uses a range of processes including assemblage, batik, Adire dyeing and impasto inspired by research into Yorubean art forms in Southwestern Nigeria. Olulo...

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Sola Olulode was born in 1996 and raised in South London, where she continues to live and work.


Engaging with critical discourse alongside her practice, Sola has delivered artist talks at London College of Communication and Wimbledon College of Art. In 2021, her work was featured in curator Aindrea Emelife's exhibition Bold Black British at Christie's in London.

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Blue and yellow feature prominently in Olulode's palette. Moving through distinct phases of working primarily in each colour, on several occasions the artist has dyed her hair to match her paint of choice.

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