David Agenjo & Chibuike Uzoma

June 2017
About This Project

David Agenjo – Laundry

Chibuike Uzoma – Desire Series

D Contemporary is very happy to present

David Agenjo and Chibuike Uzoma

Co-Curated by Inês Valle – founder of The Cera Project and Mara Alves Curator at D Contemporary.

21 June – 1 July

11 – 18:00

Private View | 20 June 18:30 – 21:00

RSVP – sok@strategyinternational.co.uk

David Agenjo – a self-taught Spanish artist based in North London.

His new collection of portraits and life studies are inspired by his latest artistic residencies in the densely populated cities of Shenzhen and Mumbai.

Themes of the everyday are emphasised; giving a greater status to subjects that would perhaps otherwise go unnoticed. Visual narratives of quantity and repetition symptomatic of endless manufacturing and human labour are depicted throughout the collection. His works explore the revealing and concealed aspects of modern life via textiles, patterns and waste.

Chibuike Uzoma – a social commentator, developing an active multidisciplinary practice with photography, painting, text and drawing. Although his artistic interest diverges through places and times he is always drawn by life and the reciprocals between humans and the human condition. His works engage contemporary African politics, thought, colonialism, dictatorship, immigration, as well as themes related to urbanization, unemployment, religious and ethnic conflicts.  Currently, he lives and works in Nigeria

David Agenjo – Paintings

David Agenjo is renowned for his compelling colour palette, which elevates his subjects beyond mere realism. For over a decade he has evolved his practice from an intimate exploration of the human form, to a broader contextualisation of figures and life studies. Through dexterous painting techniques he seeks to glorify the mundane and challenge our perceptions of modern life.

Agenjo’s careful observation of the seemingly ordinary allows him to fixate on subjects which possess not only a solid physical presence, but a soul from which to draw inspiration. The essence of his subjects is conveyed through the use of frontal composition, with life-size portraits and bold life studies offering a glimpse into the revealing and concealed aspects of modern life. His works explore the livelihoods and domestic rituals of those who live within the metropolises, depicted through dwellings, clusters of textiles, bin-bags and cardboard. These visual narratives of quantity and repetition sit within a much wider context of manufacturing, labour, globalisation and consumerism.

For Agenjo, the process of painting is a long-term dialogue with the artwork itself; he gradually builds his compositions through the application of multiple translucent layers of paint, with blends and tones bringing added depth and light to his detailed depictions. Experimenting with different painting mediums, he combines traditional materials and processes with unusual textural devices such as plastic bags, grid tape, and the use of refused palette surfaces. Keeping a keen eye on textures, patterns, shades and forms, his meticulous approach allows for a constant and ever-evolving experimentation which can ultimately change the course of the painting over months, or even years.

Chibuike Uzoma – Paintings

Desire Series | Please

mixed technique on paper, 40cm x 31cm

Desire Series | Tell me

mixed technique on paper 43cm x 31cm

Desire Series | Beautiful

mixed technique on paper 41cm x 31cm

Desire Series | Man Made

mixed technique on paper 41cm x 31cm

Desire Series | Call Me

mixed technique on paper 41cm x 31cm

Desire Series | Well done

mixed technique on paper 41cm x 31cm

Desire Series | Self portrait

ink, acrylic, charcoal, oil stick, book on chipboard paper 40.5cm x 30.5cm 2016 TRIPTIC

Chibuike Uzoma – Museum Of Burnt Things

Self Portrait after Jesus Christ –  Mixed technique on paper

Museum Of Burnt Things | Saint (full display)

Mixed technique on paper, 62cm x 46cm (2016)

Buhari Ministers Series

Mixed technique on paper, 38.3cm x 32cm

Buhari Series | Profiles

Mixed technique on paper, 38.3cm x 32cm