Christina Kimeze

Present Tense

27 January – 28 April 2024


About the Artist

Unusual surface materials form an important part of Christina Kimeze’s practice, which she uses to explore how texture and luminosity help to investigate themes of interiority, oneness and belonging. Frequently working on suede mat board, Kimeze combines dry chalks, oil pastel and wet paints, applying, crushing and crunching them on the surfaces. In both her paintings and works on paper, Kimeze lends form to the rich quietude of our internal lives, in works that capture feelings and sensations born of memory and found through reflection. 

Kimeze’s paintings attain a completeness that transcends any singular narrative. Her female protagonists, often depicted within a framework of richly colored foliage, are characterized by a stillness which the artist describes as ‘an active state and full of possibility.’ This idea of openness, not only to interpretation, but to potential, is rooted in the writings of Kevin Quashie, specifically ‘The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture,’ (2012) from which many of the works in the exhibition take their titles.

Kimeze’s selected exhibitions include: ‘Something other than the world might know’ (solo show), White Cube, Paris, France (2023); ‘Interior’ (group show), Michael Werner Gallery, London, UK, curated by Andrew Bonacina (2022 – 2023); and ‘The Great Women Artists IV’ (residency and group show), Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy (2022 – 2023).

Kimeze lives and works in London. She received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, UK and her postgraduate degree from The Royal Drawing School in London, UK. In 2022, she was awarded the Sir Denis Mahon Award.

On View in Somerset

‘Present Tense’ is on view through 28 April 2024.