Sarah Wiseman Gallery is proud to announce 'Twilight', a solo exhibition by Ade Adesina. In this thought-provoking show of large-scale linocut prints as well as smaller etchings, Ade will exhibit recent prints which includes works from collaborations with other acclaimed artists such as June Carey RSW and David Mach RA.
Ade Adesina’s monumental lino-cut prints juxtapose motifs taken from his native Nigeria, such as the baobab tree, with buildings and bridges from cities around the world, and pieces of oil-extraction infrastructure from his home in Aberdeen. These complex works are a commentary on the human impact on earth. His visions have a surreal and dream-like beauty; in his prints he has turned the earth on its head with sharks and whales swimming through the sky in strange weather, scorched deserts scattered with sinking ships. He says that ‘issues such as pollution, climate change, religion, endangered species, human survival and adaptation are things that I have always focused on in my work.’
Ade’s collaborative pieces are an important part of his practice. Most would assume that artists always work in solitude, but Ade says: ‘I enjoy collaborating with other artists because it brings people together. People who have had different experiences in life and who have different approaches to creating. I always learn something new while collaborating and you can never know where a project might take you.’
One example is from a series of prints he produced with the award-winning Scottish artist June Carey RSW. ‘An Offer of Love’ is a deeply moving image of a couple embracing while clasping a bird. Their limbs at first appear separate, but somehow they also seem to occupy one body.
Ade says ‘I have always been a fan of June's work, so I was so excited to finally meet her during my residency at Glasgow Print Studio,’ he explains ‘My proposal for my residency there was to work with different artists from different walks of life. I managed to sum up enough courage to ask June to join me on this project. After a long conversation and a visit to June's studio, we made our first collaboration.’
Other collaborations on show in 'Twilight' include a number of lino-cut prints with David Mach RA, Ian Burke and Lennox Dunbar RSA, highly acclaimed artists who share Ade's passionate focus on environmental issues in their work.
Ade Adesina was born in Nigeria in 1980, and studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. He is one of the youngest ever Royal Scottish Academicians (elected 2017) where he has had a recent solo exhibition ‘Aurora’ in the Academician’s Gallery. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and taken part in artists’ residencies, including projects at Eton College, The John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, The Glasgow Print Studio, The Highland Print Studio, and WASPS Studios on the Isle of Skye.
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