joy labinjo: the fine artist depicting intimate scenes of family life
Joy Labinjo had always been good at art. The 23-year-old had the talent, the skill, the ability to paint detailed, figurative pieces ever since she fell in love with the medium as a GCSE student in her native Stevenage. “It was all nudes, paintings of hands, some portraits,” as she puts it. “And they were good, everything matched up, they looked fine.” But she couldn’t help feeling like there was something missing: “That’s when I realised all my paintings were all of white people,” she says.
It’s a story worth sharing when you consider Joy’s work today. Her output is so tied up with her British-Nigerian heritage, so immersed in that intersection between belonging, identity and culture, that it’s hard to imagine it any other way. “I guess I was looking at artists like Jenny Saville and Lucian Freud,” she says. “And I just couldn’t shake those people off. I didn’t know how to paint my own ideas.”
Recollections by Joy Labinjo is at London’s Tiwani Contemporary until 22 December.
Photography Liam Hart
Styling Bojana Kozarevic
Hair Hiroshi Matsushita using ORIBE Hair Care
Make-up Rachel Singer Clark using M.A.C (For Rosie, Hannah, Bianca, Greta, Lewis, Gabriella and Zarina)
Make-up Anne-Sophie Costa (For Amrou, Franziska,Gala, Sang)
Photography assistance Andy Moores
Styling assistance Louis Prier Tisdall
Hair assistance Keisuke Takano
Make-up assistance Rachael Freeman (Anne-Sophie Costa)
Source : Matthew Whitehouse Link