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Ade Adesina - Phantom


Our Winter Showcase artist is Ade Adesina RSA. His collection of printworks deals with socio-political and environmental issues, as well as the relationship between nature and humans. Selected works from Ade's catalogue alongside new pieces, and collaborations with a cohort of fellow artists make up this exceptional and thought-provoking body of work.

Ade Adesina, born in Nigeria 1980, is currently a full time Artist based in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied printmaking at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, is a Royal Scottish Academician, a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts and The London Group, and an Associate Member of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Ade is a past Artist in Residence at Eton College and Glasgow Print Studio and has exhibited widely, including in the Royal Academy of Art’s 2020 Summer Exhibition.

<<Adesina combines traditional printmaking techniques with an innovative approach to subject matter. Drawing on a vast reserve of memories and imagined scenarios, Adesina has created a visual language laden with symbolism and incisive comment.>>

The Royal Scottish Academy

Phantom by Ade Adesina

Parallel by Ade Adesina, as featured at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Phantom includes a body of work that addresses recent global issues. Most of the work in this exhibition looks through the past, present and future of global societies, touching on subjects such as environment, politics and beliefs. Some of the works highlight amazing beauty from nature incorporated into the urban environments. The show also includes some collaborative prints, by artists including David Mach RA, Lennox Dunbar RSA, Ian Burke, Florence Poirier Nkpa, Ahmad Ahmad, and Barry McGlashan


<<I work in a very strange way. Every print, sculpture or painting owns a story; it is like reading a novel. There are different characters coming in at different chapters. I don't find it interesting knowing where a piece of work is going to end before I begin. I can start on the earth and end on the moon. What I enjoy most includes not knowing what direction a piece of work is going>>

Ade Adesina


Ade's exhibition launches on Friday 25 November at our 20th Anniversary Celebration - why not join us? Find out more and get free tickets here.

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