Ade Adesina (b. 1980)

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Ade Adesina

Ade Adesina

b. 1980

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.

‘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




2016                       Beyond the Light, Eton College. Eton. Solo

2016                       National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

2016                       Just Before the Light, The Gallery Tweeddale Museum. Peebles.

2016                       Linocut Today 2016, Stadtische Galerie, Bietigheim  Bissingem, Germany.

2016                       8th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro 2016, Portugal.

2016                       Awake, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen. Solo

2016                       The Long Walk, Highland Print Studio, Inverness. Residency Exhibition

2016                      Aberdeen Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award.

2016                      There Will Be Light, Edinburgh Science Festival, Summerhall. Solo

2015                      Artist in Residence, Highland Print Studio, Inverness. 2015-2016.

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