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Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by young Kenyan artist, Chemu Ng’ok. The exhibition, running from 26 March to 25 April 2020, will be the artist’s first European solo show.

Ng’ok's painting practice explores the power dynamics of human interaction as manifested within intimate relationships, community movements, and politics more broadly. Drawing on her time spent working in South Africa and Kenya, two countries she considers home, her work engages with the shifting narratives of apartheid and colonialism. Using bold swathes of colour, thin washes of paint and wavering fine lines, she paints bodies that multiply and shift in scale, simultaneously solidifying and dissolving across the canvas. A restlessness characterises her forms, suggesting the permeability of public and private identities and a constant negotiation between the two.

Chemu Ng’ok (b.1989) lives and works between in Nairobi, Kenya and Makanda, South Africa. She completed her Masters degree in Fine Arts, Painting at Rhodes University, Grahamstown in 2017 and was the recipient of the Mellon Foundation's Visual and Performing Arts of Africa Masters Bursary in 2016. She recently participated in the Fountainhead residency in Miami, Florida (2019). Last year she was selected to show five paintings at the Fourth New Museum Triennial, ‘Songs for Sabotage’, in New York. Recent exhibitions include Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2019); Blank Projects, Cape Town (2019); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (2017); Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2015) and Rhodes University, Grahamstown (2014).

For further information please contact:
Katharine Higgs
+44 207 734 7760