Richard Ayodeji Ikhide

Cosmic Memory

February 27, 2021–March 26, 2021

Steve Turner is pleased to present Cosmic Memory, an online solo exhibition of recent paintings by London-based Richard Ayodeji Ikhide that include images inspired by his Nigerian heritage as well as his interest in other civilizations and mythologies. The works have a figurative core, but they are completed with colorful abstract gestures and patterns. According to Ikhide, “Many cultural histories converge in my work. During the course of my life, I have absorbed a lot of information, and when I make work, I intuitively respond to it and my life experiences. In doing so, I aim to bring together past, present and future as well as multiple geographies and cultures.”

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide (b. 1991, Nigeria,)  earned a BA in textile design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London (2014) and Postgraduate Diploma at The Royal Drawing School, London (2017). He has had solo exhibitions at the Zabludowicz Collection, London (2019) and V.O. Curations, London (2021). Cosmic Memory is his first exhibition at Steve Turner and his first in the United States.

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide creates paintings and drawings inspired by his Nigerian heritage as well as his interest in other civilizations and mythologies. The works have a figurative core, but they are completed with colorful abstract gestures and patterns. According to Ikhide, “Many cultural histories converge in my work. During the course of my life, I have absorbed a lot of information, and when I make work, I intuitively respond to it and my life experiences. In doing so, I aim to bring together past, present and future as well as multiple geographies and cultures.”


1991, Lagos, Nigeria
Lives and works in London

Education

2017
Postgraduate Diploma, Royal Drawing School, London

2014
BA, Central Saint Martins, London

2011
Foundation Diploma, Central Saint Martins, London

Solo Exhibitions
2021
Cosmic Memory, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Future Past, V.O Curations, London

2019
Osmosis, Zabludowicz Collection, London

Group Exhibitions
2020
No Horizon, No Edge to Liquid, Zabludowicz Collection, London

2018
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, John Moores University, Liverpool; South London Gallery, London

2017
Best of Drawing Year 2018, Christies, London

2015
Obscurity, Somewhereto, London

Residencies and Awards
2021
V.O Curations Residency, London

2018
Clothworkers’ Award 1st Prize, The Clothworkers’ Company and Central Saint Martins, London

Bibliography

2020
Lily & George. “Isolation Interviews: Richard Ayodeji Ikhide,” Brooke Bennington, Issue 17
Maher, Daniel Milroy. “Swim 03 – Changing Mediums,” Swim Magazine

2019
Luckraft, Paul. “Richard Ayodeji Ikhide interviewed by curator Paul Luckraft,” Zabludowicz Collection, May 1