Biography 

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” 

-Michelangelo. 

I am aBritish Feminist and figurative painter. Born and raised in London, assesBritish and Feminine identity by looking into popular culture and history, creatingiconic narratives through portraiture. My vision as a deep thinker is to openup a new lens in which Black British identity is viewed, causing people toassess how popular culture’s prerequisites shape the art and artist. I seeks toexplore the chasm between clashing cultures existing in London, such as 'highart' and 'street art'.

I amBritish| Afro-Caribbean; 50% Jamaican and 50% Sierra Leone.

Likegirls today, I tried to change because of western popular culture’s stronginfluence, but at times my family’s cultural music or art can be a stronghold,binding me to traditions that take away instead of adds value to my walk of identity.When people say, ‘so you must listen to bashment’, I say ‘no’. When people say,‘so you must like R&B and hip-hop’, I feel offended. I don’t even likebashment, neither do I listen to reggae. I will not always be making art about thefigurative black woman and all her curves, as black women, we have already beenexoticized by European colonial fine-art.

My visionas an artist is to create a unique style engineered from existing ideas,causing young artists to assess how pop culture’s prerequisites add or takeaway from their individual mark in the art world. 



CV


Glory Sam-jolly

Born 1997 – Lewisham– London

Lives and studies in London


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.


EDUCATION:

Wimbledon College of Arts UAL

2017 to 2020

Art student studying BA Fine Art: Painting


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.


EXHIBITIONS:

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.


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.


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’


AWARDS:


Prunella Clough prize (nominee)

Tate – London – June 2019

The award is in honour of artist and WCA lecturer, Prunella Clough


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