Nigerian artist Deborah Segun adopts a deconstructed, reductive, and almost Cubist approach to her paintings, incorporating fragmented and exaggerated shapes, faces, and forms that delineate the female figure in contemplation or repose. Segun’s work exaggerates the feminine silhouette and is perhaps a commentary on the representation of women in an art historical context, from the exaggerated proportions of The Venus of Willendorf or the multi-perspectival views of Picasso, who is an obvious inspiration to the young Lagos based artist.
Segun’s work, however, is slightly more internalized. There is an element of truth that many artists need to self-reflect before turning the lens outward. And while inspired by her personal experience, and her awareness of her mental and physical sense of self, Segun’s choice to focus on the individual becomes a reference point for a much larger schematic: transitions and phases in her life, including self-hate to self-acceptance, are undoubtedly issues that many women – African and otherwise – have experienced. Segun comes from a strong need of being at one with mind and body – a life-long search for harmonious balance within one’s self. In other words, a continuous journey toward self-realization.
There is a sense of a young artist and woman coming of age in these works – they are simultaneously vibrant but also codified, obscured, and protected. These works serve almost as a visual diary of how the young painter continues to define and redefine herself in a larger context. Segun describes her practice as a way of challenging reality and pushing herself to create alternative ways to position herself in contemporary art and society.
DEBORAH SEGUN (b. 1994, Nigeria) lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. She obtained a degree in Fashion Design at the Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing in Florence, Italy in 2017.
Solo exhibitions include: Where Is My Mind?, BEERS London (2023); You Keep Going Through It, I’m Just Coming Back From It, Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece (2022); The Little Things I Need to Make Me Whole, Ada Gallery, Accra, Ghana (2022); How To Fall In Love, BEERS London, (2021); Being Free, SMO Contemporary Art Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria (2020); Play as Collective, AWCA, ArtxLagos Art Fair, Lagos, Nigeria (2019); Still Life Art Oja, Lagos, Nigeria (2019) and; I Feel Like I Am, Relate Africa, Lagos, Nigeria, (2019).
Group exhibitions include: Eparapo, The Working Girls Forum, A Whitespace Creative Agency, Lagos, Nigeria (2019); Art Oja Portfolio II, Miliki, Lagos, Nigeria (2018); Family & Friends, Wafflesncream, Lagos, Nigeria (2018) and; Polimoda Performance Art & Fashion Show, Florence Italy (2017).
Art Fairs include: Frieze London (2021); Frieze New York, NY (2021); Armory New York, NY (2021); Frieze Los Angeles, LA (2021); 1-54 Contemporary African Fair, London, (2021); FIAC Paris (2021) and; Affordable Art Fair, Lagos, Nigeria (2019).
FAMILY & FRIENDS30 Nov - 20 Dec 2023Our final exhibition of 2023 brings together existing and longstanding gallery artists (Hyangmok Baik, Jonni Cheatwood, Deborah Segun) alongside those whose solo exhibitions begin in 2024: including Liam Alvy, Jack Kabangu, Tang Shuo, and Christina Zimpel. Also exhibiting in the group show are a slate of fresh new perspectives, including Peter Larsen, Zoe Spowage, Hannah Wilson and more. The purpose of this exhibition is to introduce new artists into our roster amidst the artists whose practices we have championed for some time. We anticipate an exciting mix to present to our friends, collectors, and followers.
DEBORAH SEGUN: WHERE IS MY MIND?26 Feb - 25 Mar 2023We are thrilled to present our second solo exhibition by BEERS artist Deborah Segun. The title Where Is My Mind? purposefully chosen by Segun comes from a strong need of being at one with mind and body – a life-long search for harmonious balance within one’s self. In other words, a continuous journey toward self-realization.
DEBORAH SEGUN: HOW TO FALL IN LOVE5 Dec 2021 - 15 Jan 2022It is often said that our personal reference to self-love is both met and restrained by those things we love the least about ourselves. Nigerian artist Deborah Segun questions this in How to Fall in Love, her debut solo exhibition with the gallery; and her first outing in the UK. Here, the Lagos-based young painter questions how we begin to accept that which we have never fully loved?
WÜNDER WOMXN: THE FEMALE FIGURATIVE24 Oct - 21 Nov 2021WÜNDER WOMXN: The Female Figurative is our first (and only) group exhibition of 2021. We are thrilled to bring together such a stellar roster of exclusively female painters whose predominant painting practice surrounds the female figure.