b. 1993, United Kingdom
Somaya Critchlow (b. 1993, London) lives and works in London. She obtained her BA in Painting at the University of Brighton before joining The Royal Drawing School, London, where she earned a Postgraduate Diploma in 2017. In October 2022, Critchlow exhibited her second solo show Afternoon’s Darkness at Maximillian William, London. Previous solo exhibitions include Blow-Up, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zürich (2021), Underneath a Bebop Moon, Maximillian William, London (2020) and Sincere for Synonym at Fortnight Institute, New York (2019). Recent group exhibitions include Women Painting Women, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2022); The Soul as Sphere, Maximillian William, London (2022); Drawing Attention: Emerging British Artists, British Museum, London (2022); Sweet Lust, White Cube, Paris (2022); Get Lifted!, curated by Hilton Als, Karma, New York (2021) and Mixing it Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London (2021). In November 2022, Critchlow will present work in the group exhibition Lucian Freud and The Soul As Sphere which she has curated for The Lightbox, Woking. Critchlow’s work is featured in public collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; LACMA, Los Angeles; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; RISD Museum, Providence; ICA Miami, Florida; the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich and the Arts Council Collection, London.