Nneka Uzoigwe

Waking Dream

6–18 September 2021

Marzipan. Oil on canvas, 70.5 x 50.5 cm (unframed)

Born in 1990, Nneka Uzoigwe is a figurative artist. She trained at London Fine Art Studios, where she now teaches part-time and received the De Laszlo Foundation Scholarship in 2016 and 2017. She regularly exhibits at the Mall Galleries, the most recent in 2020 with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, where she received the De Laszlo Award for excellence. She was also awarded the Green & Stone Art Prize (2020) for their summer exhibition. In 2021, Nneka became an Artist in Residence at the Watts Gallery creating mythological paintings in response to exhibiting artist Henry Scott Tuke. Her final paintings, along with the paintings, ‘Alix and Her Hair Crowns’ and ‘The Marine Room’, were displayed alongside the symbolist painter George Frederick Watts. This was also an honourable first for a contemporary artist, to have their works hung with within the Watts Historic Galleries. She lives and works in London.

When I placed my head upon the pillow I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. Mary Shelley

Pyewacket. Oil on canvas, 89 x 99 cm (unframed), 117.5 x 130.5 cm (framed).

A collection of mysterious paintings opening doors onto the imagination, Waking Dream explores the beauty of the semiconsciousness. Weaving a web through personal dreams, desires and tchotchkes. 

Alone within the sepia hours of dusk and dawn, daydreams appear. A kaleidoscope of inner self swirling from fragments of past and present. Objects become portals to memories, dreams converge into a jumble of worlds that create a familiar space and fantasy’s flicker between nightmare and fairy tale. I wanted to create paintings that felt like freeze frames of a magical event about to take place, creating a space that is happening in the mind while also being present.

To find out more about Nneka, read the interview we had with her here.