About Nengi

Nengi Omuku

Nengi Omuku is a Nigerian artist who completed her BA and MA at the Slade School of fine art, University College London. She has had solo and group exhibitions in the UK and Nigeria, and now lives and works in Nigeria. Her artistic practice has won her scholarships and awards, including the British Council CHOGM art award, presented by HRH Queen Elisabeth II.

Her work functions as a metaphor alluding to wider themes of difference, understanding and a mutual belonging. Through colour, she explores the supposition that the human figure can be transformed based on the premise that things could not only look, but also be otherwise. The release from the physical form has led her into a new territory, a moment-by-moment expression of beings that have been transformed from their present reality, reanimated through colour and marks.

It is her desire to convey portraits: presences floating through active spaces, presences that have the aspiration of becoming events in their own right. She also frequently explores the encounter - what happens when different forms meet. Another element of her work is the scape, in particular, the escape the bodies inhabit.

 

Education

2010-2012
Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
MA

2006-2010
Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
BA

2004-2006
St Mary's School Shaftesbury, Dorset, England

Awards

2012
Prankerd Jones Memorial Prize
Awarded by University College London

2011
Nancy Balfour Art Scholarship
Awarded by University College London

2003
Winner- British Council CHOGM art competition
Awarded by Queen Elisabeth II

Solo Exhibitions

2015
'A State of Mind'
Omenka Gallery
Lagos

2011
'To Figure an Encounter'
Open the Gate
London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014
'The Next 50 years'
Omenka Gallery
Lagos

2012
'Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition'
Jerwood Gallery
London

2011
'Deep Cuts Last Measures'
Stephen Lawrence Gallery
Greenwich

2011
'Surplus to Requirements'
Slade Research Center
London

2010
'The Future of Contemporary Art'
Lloyd Gill Gallery
Bristol

2010
Group Exhibition
Swill Cottage Gallery
London

2009
Group Exhibition
Camden Art Gallery
London