“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


Ade Adesina was born in Nigeria 1980 and is currently a full time Artist based in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied printmaking at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. Adesina is a Royal Scottish Academician, member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Art, The London Group and Associate Member of the Royal Society of Painter’s & Printmakers. In the past he has been the Artist in Residence at Eton College & Glasgow Print Studio.


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Selected Works

Selected Exhibitions & Awards 

2019 National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London.
2019 RK Burt Heavyweight Paper Prize.
2019 John Purcell Paper Award.
2019 Aurora, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Solo
2019 Ulsan International Woodcut Print Biennale, South Korea.
2019 Royal Academy of Art, Summer Exhibition, London.
​2019 “A Decade On” Collaboration Exhibition, Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen.
2019 RE Original Print, The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London.
2019 Botanical. Royal Scottish Academy. An Talla Solais Gallery. Ullapool.
2019 Allusion V. Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Art. Eton College.
2019 Mirage. The Gallery at Linlithgow, Livingston. Solo
2019 Visual Art Scotland, Annual Exhibition. Edinburgh.
2019 Allusion IV. Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Art. Glasgow.
2019 Aviary. Royal Scottish Academy. Edinburgh.
2018 The Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition. Edinburgh
2018 National Original Print Exhibition. The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers Prize. A year’s membership to the RE. London.
2018 Signs of Life. Collaboration Exhibition, Ade Adesina/David Mach. Bo.lee Gallery, London
2018 Royal Academy of Art, London Original Print Fair Prize, London.
2018 Royal Academy of Art, Summer Exhibition, London.
2018 40/40 Vision, 40 Years of Wasps Artist Studios. Kirkcudbright Galleries. Group Exhibition.
​2018 June Carey & Ade Adesina: a Collaboration in Print, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
2018 The View After the Questions, Society of Scottish Artist\ Galeria/Ateliers Engramme Exchange, Quebec, Canada. Solo
2018 The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
2018 Beyond Reality Collaborative Exhibition,Ade Adesina/June Carey, Eton College, Eton.
2018 Art Dubai 2018, London
2018 London Art Fair, London
2017 Ade Adesina, John Martin Gallery, London
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
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