Shadi Al-Atallah is best known for their figurative large-scale paintings: the dark and dynamic figures depicted in their mixed-media work are distorted self-portraits of the artist. Al-Atallah’s work explores ideas surrounding the intersections of spirituality, identity, childhood, and mental health. It is largely informed by memories of their childhood in Saudi Arabia, the personal relationships they had developed, their Bipolar disorder diagnosis and family history. These topics are dissected in their paintings by distorting the image of their own body in an absurd and clumsy manner.
Shadi (b. Saudi Arabia) lives and works in London. They are currently studying for an MA in Painting at Royal College of Art, having previously completed their BA at Camberwell College of Arts (2018). Recent exhibitions and projects include: Fuck I’m Stuck (Solo Exhibition) at J Hammond Projects (London, 2019), Roadblocks (Solo Exhibition) at Cob Gallery (London, 2018), the head, the hand (Group Exhibition) at Blank Projects (Cape Town, 2019), Sharks (Group Exhibition) at Swim Gallery (San Francisco, 2019), Gender Fuckery in Contemporary British Art (Group Exhibition) at b.Dewitt Gallery (London, 2019), BBZ BLK BK (Group Exhibition) at Copeland Gallery (London, 2018).