Painting Masterclass: Sikelela Owen

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    Sikelela Owen, Elephant Lab Residency, 2019. Credit: Louise Benson

Past Event

This event was on Wed 15 - Fri 17 April 2020, 10am - 4pm daily | Free, booking required

Drawing on personal photographs, artist Sikelela Owen creates figurative paintings of family and friends as a way of deepening the relationships with her subjects.

Take part in this free three-day masterclass and gain an insight into her practice, experiment with a range of painting techniques and develop skills to create new work.

Draw inspiration from the Gallery’s major exhibition Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium which brings together a new generation of artists who represent the body in radical ways to tell stories and explore vital social concerns.

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This event is open to young people aged 15 – 21.

Find out more about our Youth Programme and our youth forum Duchamp & Sons here.

About Sikelela Owen

Sikelela Owen (1984, London) studied Painting at Chelsea College (2009) and then Fine Art at the Royal Academy Schools, graduating in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Love, Eat, Sleep, Repeat’ at HSBC Canada Place in London and ‘People Every Day’ at NAM Project in Milan. In 2014 her work was included in ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’ at Beers Gallery and in the Thames & Hudson Publication. She has recently been awarded the Elephant Lab residency at the newly launched Elephant Space in 2019.