Biography

Somaya Critchlow (b.1993) lives and works in London. She received her BA in Painting at the University of Brighton before joining The Royal Drawing School in London.


Through the formal mechanisms of painting and drawing, Critchlow creates fictional characters set in imagined scenes often through the use of autobiographical references from memory and observation, as well as found imagery. 

Rich, expressive, dramatic brushstrokes and dark tones with sharp highlights dominate Critchlow’s works. When describing her works, Critchlow states: “My current work looks at the portrayal of the self and the black female body exploring the psychological aspect of a black female body through popular culture and self-discovery, using the self-portait as a starting point to explore a deeper reflection of iconography, self and imagination.”