SOMAYA CRITCHLOW (b. 1993, London) lives and works in London. She obtained her BA in Painting at the University of Brighton before joining The Royal Drawing School, London, where she earned a Postgraduate Diploma in 2017. In April 2023, Somaya Critchlow: Paintings and Drawings, the artist’s first institutional show in North America, opened at The FLAG Art Foundation in New York, USA. Previous solo exhibitions include Afternoon’s Darkness at Maximillian William, London (2022); Blow-Up, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zürich (2021), Underneath a Bebop Moon, Maximillian William, London (2020) and Sincere for Synonym at Fortnight Institute, New York (2019). Recent group exhibitions include The Soul As Sphere, curated by Critchlow at The Lightbox Gallery and Museum, Woking (2022); Women Painting Women, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2022); The Soul as Sphere, Maximillian William, London (2022); Drawing Attention: Emerging British Artists, British Museum, London (2022); Sweet Lust, White Cube, Paris (2022); Get Lifted!, curated by Hilton Als, Karma, New York (2021) and Mixing it Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London (2021). Critchlow’s work is featured in public collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; LACMA, Los Angeles; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; RISD Museum, Providence; ICA Miami, Florida; The Pallant Gallery, Chichester; the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Arts Council Collection, London.
6 October – 14 December 2022
The Soul as Sphere
Keith Critchlow, Somaya Critchlow, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Lucian Freud, Frank Bowling, Käthe Kollwitz
3 March – 16 April 2022
Underneath a Bebop Moon
18 June 2020 – 15 August 2020
Philip Guston, Somaya Critchlow & Lenz Geerk
20 November 2019 – 24 January 2020
ART IN AMERICA
Somaya Critchlow profiled by Barry Schwabsky
THE NYTIMES STYLE MAGAZINE
‘The Artists Depicting the Power and Strangeness of Breasts,’ by Zoë Lescaze
‘A hard reflection,’ Somaya Critchlow and Katherine Angel walk through the British Museum
‘Rising Artist Somaya Critchlow on Her Shared Sensibilities with Lucian Freud,’ by Charlotte Jansen
‘Out of Darkness’ by Hamish Sawyer
Somaya Critchlow profiled by Chloë Ashby
Somaya Critchlow is included in Purple Magazine’s 30 year issue.
‘Somaya Critchlow’s Women Know Something We Don’t’ by Melissa Baksh for Frieze.
THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘Painting is Having a Special Moment’ by Waldemar Januszczak for The Sunday Times.
Frieze reviews Somaya Critchlow’s work as part of Very Private? at the Charleston Trust.
‘8 Shows to See in London During Frieze’ by Elizabeth Fullerton for ART News
‘Frieze week highlights’ in Apollo Magazine
‘Somaya Critchlow: Afternoon’s Darkness’ four star review by Eddy Frankel
8 Must-See London Shows during Frieze London 2022
Somaya Critchlow in Conversation with Alayo Akinkugbe.
Somaya Critchlow: Paintings and Drawings
‘Somaya Critchlow: Paintings and Drawings’ opens at The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, on 1 April 2023. Opening reception: Saturday,…
Panel Discussion: Lucian Freud and The Soul as Sphere
Panel Discussion: Lucian Freud and The Soul as Sphere The Lightbox, Woking Thursday 23 February 2023, 7 – 8 pm…
Somaya Critchlow: Lucian Freud and The Soul as Sphere
The Lightbox presents two adjoining exhibitions: The Soul as Sphere, curated by artist Somaya Critchlow and a presentation of works…
Somaya Critchlow: When They See Us
Somaya Critchlow is part of the group show, When They See Us at the Zeitz MOCAA. This exhibition explores Black…
Somaya Critchlow: Pallant House Acquisition
We are delighted to announce that Somaya Critchlow’s Untitled, 2022, has been acquired by Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
Somaya Critchlow: Purple Festival
Somaya Critchlow is included in Purple Festival. This event celebrates the 30 years of the magazine. Conceived as a festival…
Somaya Critchlow: The Story of Art as it’s Still Being Written
Somaya Critchlow is included in the group exhibition The Story of Art as it’s Still Being Written, an exhibition based…
Somaya Critchlow: Very Private?
Somaya Critchlow is included in the group exhibition Very Private? at the the Charleston Trust, Lewes. Exploring themes of sex,…
Somaya Critchlow: Women Painting Women
Somaya Critchlow is included in the group exhibition Women Painting Women at the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, which brings…
Somaya Critchlow: Fire Figure Fantasy
Somaya Critchlow’s Small Fire, 2020 is featured in Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from the ICA Miami’s Collection, the most comprehensive…
Somaya Critchlow: Walter Sickert
Somaya Critchlow has contributed a text ‘On Sickert’s Reframing of the Nude,’ to the exhibition catalogue which accompanies ‘Walter Sickert,’…
Somaya Critchlow: Drawing Attention: Emerging British Artists
Opening 17 March 2022, Somaya Critchlow is included in the group exhibition Drawing Attention: Emerging British Artists at the British…
Somaya Critchlow: Sweet Lust
Opening 4 March 2022, Somaya Critchlow is included in the group exhibition Sweet Lust at White Cube, Paris, curated by…
Somaya Critchlow: Luncheon on the Grass
Opening 19 February 2022, Somaya Critchlow is included in the group exhibition Luncheon on the Grass: Contemporary responses to Édouard…
Somaya Critchlow: (Nothing but) Flowers
Somaya Critchlow’s painting ‘Small Fire’ features on the front cover of Karma’s forthcoming ‘(Nothing but) Flowers’ , with text by…