Somaya Critchlow and Katy Hessel

Somaya Critchlow and Katy Hessel
22 July 2020 Chloe Austin

Somaya Critchlow and Katy Hessel

In Conversation

22 July 2020, 4:07 PM

In Conversation

From 22 July, listen to episode 34 of The Great Women Artists Podcast. Host Katy Hessel interviews “one of the most exciting and brilliant young painters” working in the world right now: Somaya Critchlow.

A graduate of Brighton University and The Royal Drawing School, Somaya is known for her powerful depictions of bold female characters and delicately rendered objects – that she creates on both a mid-size and minute scale! Challenging and subverting cultural expectations of race, gender, and power in the history of art, Somaya’s sometimes icon-like work adopts historical and classical motifs from the likes of Rubens to Velazquez.

Although rooted in historical imagery, her works fuse traditional painting with the modern-day, referencing film to hip hop, which she explores in depth through commenting on the cultural, class and political dynamics of contemporary society.

In this episode, Katy and Somaya discuss painting the female nude, and challenging past perceptions and institutional norms; Somaya’s interest in the work of feminist writer Angela Carter; subverting cultural expectations and what feminism means today; her early interest in objects and museums; film and television; as well as an in-depth exploration into her current solo exhibition: Underneath a Bepop Moon at Maximillian William (on view until 15 August).

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