Sola Olulode (b. 1996, UK) is a London based artist working with acrylic, oil bar, wax, ink and indigo dyes. The figures in her work portray black womxn and non-binary persons, expressing their identities through dance, intimacy and love. Olulode conveys the richness of London Queer club culture using her distinctive blue palette, comprising of indigo-dyed cloth inspired from resist-dye techniques, such as Nigerian adire and Indonesian batik. In her recent body of work, Olulode has moved away from depicting the identities within her community to looking at the intimacy of individual relationships, particularly the pure love of the ‘honeymoon’ phase. She has replaced indigo and blue hues with warm tones of orange, yellow and red, using resist-dying mediums such as wax, tying seeds and other objects to the fabric, prior to stretching it on the canvas frame. As the figures become closer, so too does Olulode’s proximity to the work, adopting small-scale linocut works made with inks.
Since graduating with a BA in Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton in 2018, Olulode has had solo shows across London. Her work is in important private collections and institutions.