• Doncaster artist goes to the Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition

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    May 29, 2019
    Since winning a place on the 2018 Raw Talent program, Chinwe Russell, the Nigerian born British artist living and working in Doncaster has seen her life transformed through her work. With strong mentoring from Victoria Robinson, one of the forces behind art&, Chinwe has seen her career as an international artist take off.

    Chinwe who is a self taught artist has accomplished what many emerging and established artists dream of. 

    Her epic painting ‘MAMIE-THE STORY OF A LIFE’ is one of the few artworks selected to be exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in England between June 10 and August 12. Mamie is Chinwe’s mother whose life story she has artistically depicted in the painting. 

    This painting completed in 2018 will be exhibited at the Royal  Academy where art lovers, buyers, critics and journalists from around the world will see her work. This is royalty for an artist. Since winning a place on the raw talent, the program has helped her to focus on her distinctive bold narrative style which has become her trademark.

    Inspired by historical events, Chinwe paints her version of history, not the way it happened, but how she imagines it could have happened. Tackling subjects as diverse as the Ottoman empire, the Spanish inquisition,  the witch trials, the oppression of women, the slave trade, the silk road, the Aba women's war and so many others, Chinwe uses bold colour to make these often disturbing topics easier to talk about.

    Her current body project, which is a series of paintings about 20 women who changed the world is drawn from a diverse range of fields and countries and will be the subject of her forthcoming solo exhibition later in the year.

    In her bid to help her fellow artists and support the artist community in her town of Doncaster, Chinwe, established the Doncaster art fair through which over 100 artists have shown their works in exhibitions and sold artworks worth thousands of pounds. Chinwe is also the force behind the ambitious project to re energize the Doncaster corn exchange using arts as the vehicle.

    Chinwe has previously been a finalist at the Global Arts Awards, and curated for the NOT 30% project in 2018 in London. However, the Royal Academy exhibition is her greatest achievement to date.

    To see more of her work visit  www.chinwerussell.com
    Chinwe Russell, Director
    07572 668922
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