Author: Calypso Newman
Published: 28 Sep 2021
Ade Adesina is a Nigerian born artist based in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied printmaking at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. Ade is a Royal Scottish Academician, a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts, The London Group and associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. He was past Artist-in-Residence at Eton College and Glasgow Print Studio. We spoke with Ade about his work, upcoming projects and influences. His work, Déjà vu, can be viewed in the Art UK Print Collection.
1. How would you describe your art in one sentence?
My work is based on social and global commentary.
2. What inspires and influences you?
My inspiration comes from current affairs. I explore a subject's past and future.
3. Are there any recurring themes in your work that are vital to your practice?
I take a lot of inspiration from the environment, so I always try to make a statement on environmental issues.
4. Can you describe your studio setup and your approach to creating?
I have an open plan studio and the walls are covered with unfinished work. Depending on my mood and upcoming deadlines I move around in between the projects.
Ade Adesina in the studio
5. What has been your proudest achievement to date?
My family and being able to be a full-time printmaker.
6. What are you currently working on?
I'm currently working on developing new ideas, trying to find a new way and new direction of making new work.
7. What is next for you and how can people follow what you are up to?
At the moment I'm just focusing on creating a new body of work for upcoming exhibitions in 2022. I will also be involved in group exhibitions till the end of the year. People can follow my work on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram photos and videos.
Ade Adesina, All That Matters, Eton College, 2016
8. Which living artists do you most admire?
The artist I admire and had an opportunity to work with is David Mach.
9. If you could get a studio tour from any artist throughout history, who would it be?
I would love to have a tour around the studio of Edward Burra. Great artist, which I admire a lot.
10. What work of art, from either a public or private collection, would you love to have in your life?
I would love to have a work made by Jean Claude Basquiat.
Ade Adesina has included Déjá vu in the Art UK, Print Collection. View the artwork here.