My work is a visual commentary around the ideas of ecology and our ever-changing world. I am fascinated by how the human footprint is affecting our planet.
Our world is full of wonderful landscapes and I wish to highlight the continual damage caused through things such as deforestation, the politics of energy consumption, and endangered wild species.
I am a traditional printmaker, painter and sculptor with modern twist; I work with mostly woodcarving, linocut, etching, and oil. I combine my African cultural roots with the British culture, producing work that makes people reflect on the past, present and the future.
My practice is influenced by my experiences of travel and the imagery that I encounter. Recently I spent time in Italy, Nigeria, Scottish Islands and Germany, immersing myself in different cultures and collecting a variety of imagery to use in my next body of work. I enjoy researching and visualising the differences between countries both historically and culturally. My ideas come from the new places I’ve visited and I source information from documentaries and current affairs.
ADE ADESINA B.A [HONS] – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Highland Print Studio, Inverness. 2015-2016.
Ade Adesina, born in Nigeria 1980, is currently a full time Artist who lives in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was the Royal Scottish Academy, Artist in Residence at Glasgow Print Studio from 2013 to 2015. Previously studied printmaking at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, from 2008, graduating in 2012.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS + AWARDS
2016 Newave Gallery, Aberdeen. Solo
2016 Highland Print Studio, Inverness. Residency Exhibition, Print Festival Scotland.
2016 Aberdeen Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award.
2016 There Will Be Light, Edinburgh Science Festival, Summerhall. Solo
2015 Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, Wasps Residency Award.
2015 The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle.
2015 National Original Print Exhibition. London.
2015 National Original Print. Hawthorn Printmaking Supplies Award.
2015 Tribuna Graphic 2015. Romania.
2015 The 2ND Global Print 2015. Portugal.
2015 Royal Academy of Art, Arts Club Trust Award
2015 Royal Academy of Art, Summer Exhibition. London.
2015 Nature’s Footprint, BP Atrium Gallery, BP Headquarters, Aberdeen
2015 Gallery At Fifty Five, Stonehaven. Solo
2015 Glasgow Print Studio. Solo
2014 Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition. London.
2014 Day Watchers, Peacock Visual Art, Aberdeen. Solo
2014 Rise of the Sun, Grampian Hospitals Art Trust. Solo
2014 The Royal Scottish Academy, Generation 2014
2014 Woodend Barn Gallery, Banchory. Solo
2014 Heal the World, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Solo
2013 The Royal Scottish Academy, Resident 13
2013 Linocut Today 2013, Stadtische Galerie, Bietigheim Bissingem, Germany.
2013 The Aberdeen Artists Society, Wellhead Electrical Supplies Prize.
2013 The Royal Scottish Academy, New Contemporaries
2013 Hard Ground, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
2013 RSA Artist in Residence, Glasgow Print Studio
2013 The Royal Scottish Academy, New Contemporaries Awards
Walter Scott Global Investment Award
David & June Gordon Memorial Trust Award
Art in Healthcare Purchase Prize
2013 Belvidere Gallery, Aberdeen solo
2013 Ink and Ivory, Artist in Residence Exhibition, Gray's School of Art
2013 Compass Gallery, Cabinet Show, Glasgow
2012 Artist in Residence, Gray's School of Art.
2012 Compass Gallery, New Generation, Glasgow
2012 RSA John Kinross Scholarship to Florence
2012 Grampian Hospital Art Trust, group exhibition
2012 Transition, Aberdeen, group exhibition
2012 Aberdeen Art Fair, Aberdeen Music Hall
2011 SUT JP Kenny Award, Gray’s School of Art
Regular exhibitor at Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition Aberdeen Art Gallery, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
Stadtische Galerie Collection, Bietigheim Bissingem, Art in Healthcare, Edinburgh, Robert Gordon University Arts and Heritage Collection, Royal Scottish Academy collection, Edinburgh and private collections in the UK
HARD GROUND exhibition for final printmaking students and graduates in residence at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen. 2013
New Contemporaries exhibition for graduates at The Royal Scottish Academy in National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. 2013