Sola Olulode

Sola’s work explores Black British girlhood and relationships that surround black womxn. Influenced by music, film/TV and also the culture and community that surrounds their life. The paintings are a look into the lives of black womxn focusing on adolescence, creating a nostalgic documentation of the exploration of sexuality, comfort and friendships that young black girls experience.

Pronouns: She/Her
Practice: Painter
Location: Brighton/London

What do you find most inspiring about the art/ world right now?

The fact that people of colour are paving their own way into the artworld right now and setting up their own collectives, doing their own thing instead of trying to get recognition from people who aren’t paying them attention.

What do you want to convey to the rest of the world?

There are a lot of images of black people’s pain in the media and I want to counteract that with my work to show black people being joyful and liberated.

How do you determine success?

I think success for me would be someone viewing my work and being able to recognise themselves in it and finding comfort in that.

How have the cloud / cloud communities helped you?

Cloud communities have helped me connect with people that I think I wouldn’t have otherwise known about, different creative scenes and interests that I never thought I would be interested in so that’s been really great and eye opening.