Millie Toyin Olateju makes abstract work, her current medium being acrylic painting. Her paintings are process led - a mellow exploration of the elements with focus on composition, colour, shape, and texture. Some inspirations that inform her work include collage, nature, Colour Field painting, Minimalism, Post-painterly Abstraction, Outsider Art, and Surrealism - in particular, Surrealist Automatism. Making art provides Millie with a source of joy and play, but mostly a cathartic outlet for an anxious mind and an escape from day-to-day monotony. 


Olateju (b. 1996) lives and works in her hometown, Liverpool, UK. She studied BA Mixed Media Fine Art at the University of Westminster, London, graduating in 2019. She has since been commissioned by the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool and Penguin Random House. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Liverpool Biennial x 24 Kitchen Street Artist Research and Development grant. Recent exhibitions include group shows - Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2022), and 'Are You Messin'?', Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2022). 

 

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