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 Eastern 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.

Born in Kilimanjaro, Nicodemus spent many years moving across Europe – to Sweden, France, Belgium and finally Scotland, where she currently lives and works. Her years of emigration were marked by harassment, persecution and isolation and eventually culminated in a traumatic breakdown – which she describes as a near-death experience – and the beginning of her suffering of PTSD.

Amidst the adversities, Nicodemus turns to art-making as a way of healing. She creates out of necessity, her unique body of work is a spontaneous outpouring of emotions into multiple forms: paintings, collaged ‘books’, photographs, poems and assemblages where textiles, straw and other natural materials overlap with metal wire and found objects.

A recurring element in her figurative paintings is the female body, instrumental in reclaiming freedom and the lost stories of women from minority communities.

Duration 12 April 2022 - 28 May 2022
Times Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Cost Free
Venue Richard Saltoun
Address 41 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NS
Contact 4402076371225 / info@richardsaltoun.com / www.richardsaltoun.com

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