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12/04/2022 - 14/05/2022

Late C20th - Recent - Painting


Everlyn Nicodemus

Richard Saltoun Gallery presents a major solo exhibition of African diaspora artist Everlyn Nicodemus (b. 1954), her first with the gallery.

The exhibition marks Nicodemus' first solo show in London in over 15 years and brings together a selection of works spanning 40 years, including unseen paintings from The Wedding series.

Everlyn Nicodemus is one of the strongest feminist voices to emerge from Africa in the past 30 years. Drawing on personal experience and her battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Nicodemus' work explores the universal issues of racism, cultural trauma, human suffering and the marginalisation of women throughout history.

Nicodemus' own body takes centre stage in The Wedding (1991-92), a series of 84 large-scale self-portraits representing a ballad about the experience of meeting and fighting death and returning to life after her breakdown. The paintings from The Wedding are shown here for the first time, alongside works on paper and mixed media assemblages that Nicodemus realised over the course of 40 years (1980-2020).


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