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Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
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Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
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Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
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Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Notting Hill
02.04.22 – 30.04.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 13

Anika RoachIn Spite of That

Taymour Grahne Projects is pleased to present In Spite of That, a solo exhibition by London-based artist Anika Roach, opening on April 2 between 4-7pm at the Notting Hill space (1 Lonsdale Road) as part of a joint opening across our 3 spaces.

Anika Roach

Signs of Passing

2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas

152.4 x 76.2 cm. / 60 x 30 in.

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Anika Roach

Its Clutch

2021-2022

Oil on canvas

90 x 60 cm. / 35.4 x 23.6 in.

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Anika Roach

To Have to Hold

2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas

152.4 x 76.2 cm. / 60 x 30 in.

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Anika Roach

A Long Limbo

2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas

150 x 150 cm. / 59 x 59 in.

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Anika Roach

Functioning Blue

2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas

120 x 100 cm. / 47.2 x 39.3 in.

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Anika Roach

Alls Well

2021

Acrylic and oil on canvas

100 x 70 cm. / 39 x 27.5 in.

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Anika Roach

Bend Over Backwards

2021-2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas

100 x 70 cm. / 39.3 x 27.5 in.

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Anika Roach

No Point Crying over Spills

2021

Acrylic and oil on hessian

100 x 50 cm. / 39.3 x 19.6 in.

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Anika Roach

Legs (Manspreading)

2019

Acrylic and oil on canvas

50 x 50 cm. / 19.6 x 19.6 in.

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Anika Roach

Extra Soft

2021

Acrylic, oil and spray on canvas

100 x 100 cm. / 39.3 x 39.3 in.

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Anika Roach

Find a Penny Leave a Penny

2021

Acrylic and oil on canvas

102 x 72 cm. / 40.1 x 28.3 in.

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Anika Roach

Back on the Donkey

2022

Oil on canvas

50 x 50 cm. / 19.6 x 19.6 in.

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Anika Roach

Drop

2021

Oil and acrylic on hessian

50.2 x 60 cm. / 19.7 x 23.6 in.

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Anika Roach

Helping Hand

2021-2022

Oil on canvas

50 x 50 cm. / 19.6 x 19.6 in.

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Anika Roach

Without a Sail

2022

Acrylic and oil on MDF

12 x 17 cm. / 4.7 x 6.6 in.

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Anika Roach

Hanging Out

2022

Acrylic on canvas

21 x 16 cm. / 8.2 x 6.2 in.

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Anika Roach

He’s at the Door

2022

Oil on MDF

16 x 10 cm. / 6.2 x 3.9 in.

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The paintings included in Anika Roach's first solo show in London place a strong sense of importance upon representation. Luminous yellows, reds, pinks and blues are juxtaposed with missing limbs and genderless figures seen in peculiar scenarios. While these paintings can sometimes feel disconcerting, they allow multiple interpretations as the artist seeks to broaden existing narratives surrounding the painting of black bodies. Through her practice, Roach contributes to the relevant discussion held by a new wave of contemporary figurative artists on the shortage of black figures in western art history. In this way, Roach challenges the art historical cannon as well as the social and political weight which often negates the uniqueness of the black experience.

Humour and moments of absurdity are at the basis of Roach's work, contributing to the creation of a much needed space for conversations attached to how blackness is represented today. Recurring features such as faceless figures who lack specificity are deliberate and playful, thus allowing meaning to be found more broadly and discourses to remain open. As such, they endeavour to undermine and confuse established pre-configured social norms.

Roach's paintings are generally informed by sport history, politics, as well as a diverse range of media from classical art and popular culture. Film imagery, music, and fleeting everyday moments witnessed while moving through London permeate the work. These themes and images all contribute to the artist's visual vocabulary, eventually giving a collage-like character to the final composition, where thoughts are mapped and meaning is layered and encoded through formal elements.

Offering a deeply meaningful exploration of questions on race and gender, Anika Roach's works don't necessarily offer any concrete answers, but rather remain open ended to encourage active engagement and meaning. As the viewer looks beyond the first layer, elements begin to transform and meaning unravels, leaving them to question established historical frameworks and inviting a nuanced discussion of representation to take place within the exhibition framework.

Anika Roach is a painter living and working in London. She studied Fine Art and the History of Art at Goldsmiths University and holds a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from the Camberwell College of Arts, London. Roach was shortlisted for the 2019 Woon Foundation Prize, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and was included in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show at South London Gallery in 2020. Her work will be part of the gallery’s upcoming Intimacy Group Show taking place in London in May 2022.