Elongated Body of a Woman (2023)
Oil, fabrics, plasticine,
and natural indigo on fabric
30 x 42 cm

Abi Ola, born in 1996 in London, is a multidisciplinary artist whose creative odyssey draws from a rich tapestry of influences, including family photographs, tribal art, African and British textiles, William Morris designs, emojis, and her vivid imagination. Her artistic prowess encompasses fabric collage, installation, oil and acrylic painting, screen printing, and photography.

The artist’s canvases feature faceless figures, a deliberate choice aimed at enabling viewers to connect with the idea of acquainting oneself with distant, never-met relatives. Her enigmatic subjects invite viewers to overlay their own identities or those of cherished ones.

Ola’s work transcends conventional notions of expression, offering a universally resonant lexicon that spans time and culture. Through an adept craftsmanship, she forges a visual language that defies temporal and spatial boundaries, igniting conversations on cross-cultural exchange.


Ola holds a BFA from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London. 




Chaotic Salsa Party (2022)
Oil, oil pastels, acrylic, screen print, and fabrics
on loose canvas
35 x 45 cm

Carnival (2022)
Oil, oil pastels, acrylic, spray paint,
screen print, and fabrics
on loose canvas
100 x 184 cm
The Front Sitting Room (2023)
Oil, oil pastels, acrylic, pen,
screen print, and fabrics on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Startled (2021)
Oil, oil pastels, acrylic, fabrics, and screen prints
300 x 182 cm

The Masked Dancer (2023)
Oil, acrylic, and fabrics on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Horse Riding (2022)
Oil, fabrics, screen print, and
digital drawings on fabric
60 x 65 cm


Artworks

  • Abi Ola Carnival (2022) Oil, oil pastels, acrylic, spray paint, screen print, and fabrics on loose canvas

  • Abi Ola Chaotic Salsa Party (2022) Oil, oil pastels, acrylic, screen print, and fabrics on loose canvas

  • Abi Ola Elongated Body of a Woman (2023) Oil, fabrics, plasticine, and natural indigo on fabric

  • Abi Ola Horse Riding (2022) Oil, fabrics, screen print, and digital drawings on fabric

  • Abi Ola Startled (2021) Oil, oil pastels, acrylic, fabrics, and screen prints

  • Abi Ola The Front Sitting Room (2023) Oil, oil pastels, acrylic, pen, screen print, and fabrics on canvas

  • Abi Ola The Masked Dancer (2023) Oil, acrylic and fabrics on canvas

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