Joy Labinjo graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in Fine Art. She was awarded the coveted Woon Art Prize in 2017.
Labinjo’s paintings draw on her British-Nigerian heritage and explore the relationship between belonging, identity and culture. In her current work, she uses family photographs as a starting point for her paintings. Piecing the images together according to vibrant colours, patterns and poses, she creates collages which, in turn, inspire the compositions of the paintings. Labinjo’s eclectic visual vocabulary and mixed technique explore various modes of representation, and echo her experience of multiple identities – growing up Black, British, Nigerian in the 90s and early 00s.
Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include: The Everyday Political, Cafe Gallery Project, London, UK (2018); The Accumulation of Things, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK (2018); Gatherings, Goldtapped, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2018); and Belonging, Morley Gallery, London, UK (2018). Labinjo’s first solo exhibition at Tiwani Contemporary will take place in November 2018.