Shadi Al-Atallah

Waters That Never Quench

April 22–May 21, 2022


Installation Views

<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

Waters That Never Quench. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022

<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail
<em>Waters That Never Quench</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2022 thumbnail

Works

Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>Gay as in happy</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm)
Shadi Al-Atallah Sweaty eyes on a hot summer's day, 2022 Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas 55 1/8 x 72 inches  (140 x 183 cm)
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>Predator and Pray</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm)
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>Fears of roller coasters and pools</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>In debt, in doubt</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>In debt, in doubt</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>In debt, in doubt</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>In debt, in doubt</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)

Shadi Al-Atallah. Gay as in happy, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm)

Shadi Al-Atallah. Sweaty eyes on a hot summer's day, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm)

Shadi Al-Atallah. Predator and Pray, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm)

Shadi Al-Atallah. Fears of roller coasters and pools, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)

Shadi Al-Atallah. In debt, in doubt, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)

Shadi Al-Atallah. In debt, in doubt, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)

Shadi Al-Atallah. In debt, in doubt, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)

Shadi Al-Atallah. In debt, in doubt, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm)

Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>Gay as in happy</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm) thumbnail
Shadi Al-Atallah Sweaty eyes on a hot summer's day, 2022 Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas 55 1/8 x 72 inches  (140 x 183 cm) thumbnail
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>Predator and Pray</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 55 1/8 x 72 inches (140 x 183 cm) thumbnail
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>Fears of roller coasters and pools</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm) thumbnail
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>In debt, in doubt</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm) thumbnail
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>In debt, in doubt</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm) thumbnail
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>In debt, in doubt</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm) thumbnail
Shadi Al-Atallah. <em>In debt, in doubt</em>, 2022. Acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 72 x 49 1/4 inches (183 x 125 cm) thumbnail

Steve Turner is pleased to present Waters That Never Quench, a solo exhibition by London-based painter Shadi Al-Atallah that features new imaginary self-portraits which position the artist in hellish domestic settings. Dark, dynamic and distorted figures seek to convey the absurdity of conflicting emotional states. The paintings consist of brush strokes quickly made, a technique that the artist describes as necessary to convey their thoughts and attitudes. They use painting to escape the constraints of language and to invent genderless figures that embody an ambiguity that language rarely grants. In so doing, they convey Al-Atallah’s ideas on gender and sexuality while remaining obscure enough so that viewers can connect with the works on their own terms.

Shadi Al-Atallah (born 1994, Saudi Arabia) earned a BA at the University of the Arts, London (2018) before earning an MA at the Royal College of Art, London (2021). They have had solo exhibitions at Guts Gallery, London (2021); Hammond Projects, London (2020) and Cob Gallery, London (2018). This the artist’s debut solo exhibition in the United States.

Born 1994, Saudi Arabia
Lives and works in London


Education
2021
MFA, Royal College of Art, London

2018
BFA, University of the Arts, London

Solo Exhibitions
2022
Waters That Never Quench, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2021
I LOST THE TITLE ON THE PLANE, Guts Gallery, London

2019
Fuck I’m Stuck, J Hammond Projects, London

2018
Roadblocks, Cob Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions
2022
NEXT, Christie’s, London (upcoming)))
PM/AM, London (upcoming)

2021
Victoria Miro x OUT Collective, Vortic XR, Virtual
Reality Check, Guts Gallery, London
Guts Gallery Introducting, Sadie Coles HQ, London

2020
Begin Again, Guts Gallery, London
Paintings on, and, with paper, Cob Gallery, London
When Shit Hits the Fan, Guts Gallery, London
NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT, Public Gallery, London
Alter Ego, Unit London, London

2019
The Head The Hand, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2018
BBZ BLK BK, Copeland Gallery, London

Bibliography
2022
Frankel, Eddy. “Blob,” Trolley Books

2021
Lordi, Emily. “The Black Recovery Stories Speaking to Individual and Collective Wellness,” The New York Times, September

2020
Wortham, Jenna and Drew, Kimberly. “Black Futures,” Oneworld Publications