Joy Labinjo

Joy LabinjoOn a wall at the Dagenham Heathway Shopping Centre is 'Birthday Party on the Green', the first public mural by the artist who lived for a time in Dagenham.

Joy Labinjo’s mural draws on photographs of gatherings by Becontree residents, official archive photographs, and the artist’s own images. The vibrant large-scale work reflects the artist’s interest in depicting intimate seemingly familiar scenes of everyday and domestic situations that question our ideas of both belonging and sense of self.

Labinjo is known for her large-scale paintings spanning abstraction, naturalism and graphic patterns.  Her style includes multiple modes of representation including abstraction, naturalism and graphic patterns, inspired by Ankara print designs, as well as a mixture of techniques (she uses household paint, acrylic and oil), that echoes her experience of multiple identities – growing up Black, British, Nigerian in the 90s and early 00s.

Her paintings expand on her heritage and map a constellation of places and people which extend across generations and geographies, evoking the fashion, hairstyles and interiors of yesteryear and places such as Essex and Lagos, which played an important role in the artist’s upbringing. She questions our idea of both belonging and sense of self by inviting us to rethink and consider both past and present, personal and collective subjectivities.

Joy Labinjo’s mural is located at Dagenham Heathway, RM10 8QS.

About Joy Labinjo
Joy Labinjo’s work presents fresh and arresting compositions of colour, pattern and motifs: key signatures of Labinjo’s work. Fundamentally, at the heart of Labinjo’s practice is a bold interest in storytelling and ultimately, people’s lives. Exploring multiple modes of representation including abstraction, naturalism, flatness and graphic patterns, Labinjo’s ‘collage aesthetic’ comprises an eclectic visual vocabulary and mixed painterly techniques which echo her experience of multiple identities – growing up Black, British, Nigerian in the 90s and early 00s.

Labinjo was awarded the Woon Art Prize in 2017. Recent exhibitions include: Royal Academy (2020), Tiwani Contemporary (2020), The Breeder (2020), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2019); Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK (2019); Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK, (2018); Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2018); Cafe Gallery Projects, London, UK (2018);

Commissioned by Create London, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund