“By becoming the genre of art that misrepresents our race and gender the most...”
- Glory Samjolly.
As a feminist, figurative painter, and British citizen at birth, I assess British and feminine identity by creating iconic narratives through my own portraiture.
In many institutions I have experienced racial marginalisation, which furthermore comes as no surprise to me. Living in London has taught me to use ethnic isolation as a platform of distinction, and to understand other artists whom also feel marginalised in Britain because of their race. Painting is the bridge that transforms my thoughts into visual action against a whitewashed curriculum. Each painting has a voice of its own; they ask questions that must be answered.
Art history is a critical subject for me, because not long ago I realised that Black-British artists find themselves underrepresented and majorly mis-represented in European portraiture, hence their disinterest in the subject. Before a painting of mine reaches its finished form, it requires investigation into my model, and their stance in society. The women I paint are artists, business owners and intellectuals sharing their stories by becoming the genre of art that misrepresents their race and gender the most.
My vision as an artist is to engineer a collaborative community of intellectuals whom reproach both Eurocentric and patriarchal influences in the art-history curriculum. I want artists like me to examine how Eurocentric culture adds or takes away from their individual mark in the art world.
Born 1997 – Lewisham– London
Lives and studies in London
Black Aristocrat Art| Founder
London – September 2019
The "Black Artistocratic Fine-Art" website my attempt to archive the precious remnants of Black portraiture from different historical eras and educate young people whom are not taught about these African or Black-British figures in art history, at blackaristocratart.com
Yinka Shonibare | Studio Intern
South Bermondsy –London – Spring 2019
Curating with Kitty Beamish who oversees a studio of a renown British & Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare; curating for summer shows and future shows.
Learning Department Tour Guide Intern:
Royal Naval College – Greenwich London – June to July 2013
Learning department – touring school visitors, home schooled students and international tourists around the painted halls, Cutty Sark and chapel. This included personal demonstrations of life drawings with students.
Wimbledon College of Arts UAL
2017 to 2020
BA Fine Art Wimbledon First Class Honours
The National Gallery| Degazine:
Leicester Square – London – 2020
My artwork exhibited at the Degazine event and published in The National Gallery’s ‘Degazine’ zine, which has also been published internationally.
Window Galleries| Reflections:
Central Saint Martins – London – 2020
Culture, creativity, and resilience are at the core of this year’s Black HistoryMonth exhibition. These multi-disciplinary artists are current students and recent graduates from across University of the Arts London.
Manon Planche/ NUA x DESIGN:
Notting Hill – London – 2020
Pop up solo Exhibition featuring exclusively female artists under female-owned collaboration between Planche and NUA x DESIGN. Works from Dear Archives were shown.
Copeland Gallery| The State of Things
Copeland Park & Bussey Building – London – October 2019
For the UAL Arts Union’s Black History Month, ‘The State of Things’, my series of paintings ‘Dear Archives’ was exhibited
For Colored Girls| The Alke-Bulan Collective
University of East London – London – October 2019
My short series of oil paintings ‘Woman in Suits’, was exhibited, as well as an oil painting ‘Blue Batik Goddess’
Elizabeth James Gallery| 2nd Anniversary
Norwood Junction – London– December 2018
My art works ‘Timed’ and ‘Girl under construction exhibited at Elizabeth James Gallery's 2nd anniversary.
Open Dialogue| Afro Caribbean Exhibition
Central Saint Martins – London – March 2018
Hosted by Graphic Design Professor, Kelly Walters; a collaborate exhibition with Afro-Caribbean UAL artists studying in London. My art works ‘Timed’ and ‘Girl under construction were exhibited.
Prunella Clough prize (nominee)
Tate – London – June 2019
The award is in honour of artist and WCA lecturer, Prunella Clough