About the artist

Zak Ové CV

 

Born 1966, London 

Lives and works in London and Trinidad

 

EDUCATION

Graduated 1987, Film as Fine Art BA, St. Martin’s School of Art, London

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Darkness, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefiled

2017 Moko Jumbies, The British Museum, London

2016 Modern Forms, Untitled, Miami

2016 Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Darkness, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House (Courtyard), London

2015 Celebrating Africa; Moko Jumbie, The British Museum, London

2014 Arms Around The Child, No1 Mayfair London

2013-2014 Speaker, Vigo Gallery, London

2010 Twice Is Too Much, The Freies Museum, Berlin

2010 Past Future, Fine Art Society, London

2009 Blue Devils, Real Art Ways Museum, Connecticut

2008 Black & White Nudes, Carte Blanche Gallery, London

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Recclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin De-Woody Collection, Taubmann Museum of Arts, Roanoke, Virgina

2017 The Lots in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect 4, New Orleans

2017 Troopen Museum, Amsterdam

2017 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Pioneer Works, New York

2016 Art Basel | Film Sector Curated by David Gryn | A Land So Far | Miami

2016 The Arts of Global Africa Collection Newark Museum USA

2015 1:54 Contemporary  African Art Fair, Somerset House, London

2015 All of us Have Rhythm, David Roberts Art Foundation, London

2014 ART 14, London

2014 House of Barnabas, London 

2013 - 2014 Chaos Into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia, Sharjah Art Foundation, Dubai

2013 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London

2013 Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, Venice Biennale, Venice

2012 Vigo Gallery, London Art Fair, London

2012 Ululation, Vigo Gallery, London, UK

2012 London Twelve, City of Prague Museum. Czech Republic

2012 New Re-Visions, House of The Nobleman, London, UK

2012 The Future Can Wait - Charlie Smith, London, UK

2012 British, Vigo Gallery, London

2012 Vigo Gallery, London Art Fair, London

2012 Voices of Home, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York

2011 The Return Of The House Of The Nobleman, The House of the Nobleman, London

2011 Karen Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Texas contemporary fair, Houston

2011 LA Platform, Karen Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Los Angeles

2011 Sculpture today - New Forces New Forms, Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park, Michigan

2011 Carnaval and Masquerade, Musee Dapper, Paris

2011 The Minotaur, Lazarides Gallery, Old Vic Tunnels, London

2011 Go Tell it To The Mountain, 3D Sculpture Park, Verbier, Switzerland

2011 Africa See You See me, Li – Space, Beijing

2011 Stephen Burks | Are You A Hybrid, Museum of Art and Design, New York

2011 Encounters of Bamako, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

2011 Fine Arts Society, Volta NY, New York

2011 Fine Art Society, London Art Fair, London

2011 Africa: See You, See Me, Fondazione Studio Maragoni, Florence

2011 Africa: See You, See Me, Officine Fotografiche, Rome

2010 Fesman 2010: World Festival of Black Arts, Dakar, Senegal

2010 Encounters Of Bamako, B-Gallery European centre for contempory Art, Brussels

2010 Hell’s Half Acre, Lazarides Gallery, London

2010 Encounters of Bamako, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg 

2010 We Are Not Witches, The Saatchi Gallery, London

2010 Encounters of Bamako, South African National Gallery, Cape Town

2010 Africa: See You, See Me, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon

2010 Tough Love, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon  

2010 Encounters of Bamako, Panafrican Exhibition tour, Foto Museum, Antwerp

2009 Rockstone and Bootheel, Real Art Ways, Connecticut

2009 Encounters of Bamako, Panafrican Exhibition, National Museum, Bamako, Mali

2009 Encomium, Fine Art Society, London

 

SELECTED DIRECTED FILMS

2010 A Land So Far, film installation, Afrodizzia, by Chris Ofili, Tate Britain, London

2002 I Have A Dream, Independent Short Film 

2002 Wonderful World, PSA short film for the Anti Racist Alliance campaign, UK national cinema

2002 Guinness campaign, Cinema, TV and Print, featuring Lee Scratch Perry, Ireland

 

AWARDS

2003 Milan African Film Festival, Italy: Cinit Award, Best Short Film 

2002 Black Film & TV Awards, UK: Best Short Film /Best Short Film Director /Best New Talent

2002 SoHo Images, UK: Best Short Film

 

COLLECTIONS 

Beth De Woody Collection, New York
British Museum, London
David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Brussels
Jameel Collection, Saudi Arabia
Levett Collection, London
Newark Museum, Newark
Pizzuti Collection, Columbus

 

RESIDENCIES

2011 The 3D Foundation, Sculpture Residency, Verbier, Switzerland

2007 Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Trinidad: sponsored by the A. Warhol Foundation, New York

 

PUBLICATIONS

Michket Krifa and Laura Serani, Encounters of Bamako 9: The African Photography Biennial, 2009, Paris

 

SCREENINGS AND FILM FESTIVALS

2016 Art Basel | Film Sector Curated by David Gryn | A Land So Far | Miami

2016 The Arts of Global Africa Collection Newark Museum USA

2013 Cutlog, New York 

2005 Peter Doig’s Studio Film Club, Ludvig Museum, Cologne 

2005 Peter Doig’s Studio Film Club, Kunsthal Museum, Zurich 

2004 Peter Doig’s Studio Film Club, Trinidad

2003 Africa in the Picture, Amsterdam 

2003 African Film Festival, New York 

2002 BFM Short Film Festival, London 

2003 UK Melvin Van Peebles Festival, San Francisco 

2003 Milan African Film Festival, Milan  

2002 Toronto Film Festival, Toronto 

2002 Venice Film Festival, Venice 

 

 

selected works

Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness
2016
Moko Jumbies
2015
Time Tunnel
2013
Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness
2016-2017
Lajabless
2013
Inheritance
2011-12
Hairy Man
2013
The Upsetters (King and Queen)
2013
Nubian Return
2011
DP8
2016
DP4
DP23
2016
DP15
Attilah
2005

current exhibitions

28 June – 7 November 2018

Zak Ové

BLACK AND BLUE: INVISIBLE MEN AND THE MASQUE OF DARKNESS

San Francisco Civic Centre
28 March 2017 – 28 March 2020

Zak Ové

Moko Jumbies

British Museum

past exhibitions

19 March – 7 May 2018

Zak Ové

Star Liner

21 June – 21 July 2017

Daniel Crews-ChubbZak OvéCaroline AchaintreBen EnwonwuChe Lovelace

Playing Mas

Vigo Gallery
8 April 2017 – 4 June 2018

Zak Ové

Black and Blue

The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness

28 July – 13 September 2015

Zak Ové

Moko Jumbies

27 November 2013 – 10 January 2014

Zak Ové

Speaker

Vigo Gallery
1 June – 24 November 2013

Zak Ové

Glasstress

White Light / White Heat

8 October – 9 November 2012

Ululation

Vigo Gallery
29 June – 23 September 2012

London Twelve

City Gallery of Prague
17 April – 11 May 2012

British

An exploration of Britain's cultural identity

Vigo Gallery

selected press/news

Zak Ové

CHARLES DESMARAIS' ART PICK.
 
BLACK AND BLUE: INVISIBLE MEN AND THE MASQUE OF DARKNESS
28 June – 7 November 2018
18 June 2018

Zak Ové

Mythic Carnival: British-Caribbean Artist Zak Ové’s Multimedia Artworks Requite A Lost African Culture.
 
Star Liner
19 March – 7 May 2018

Zak Ové

British Museum permanently installs first Caribbean art commission

The Art Newspaper
 

video

Zak Ové

BBC CHANNEL 4 NEWS: Zak Ove tackling slavery through Caribbean sculpture - Jon Snow (30.03.2017)

For the first time in its history the British Museum is putting on permanent display the work of a Caribbean sculptor in its African collection.

Zak Ove – drawing heavily on his own Trinidadian Irish heritage, has tackled the story of slavery by viewing it through the traditional Island Carnival, an exuberant annual parade that weaves together the story of slavery, rebellion and eventual liberation.

Zak Ové

Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2017-2018

Zak Ové

Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London

Modern Forms

Zak Ové interviewed by Nick Hackworth, 2016

Zak Ové

Modern Forms | Zak Ové

Zak Ové

A Land So Far

Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness

2016Mixed media

Moko Jumbies

2015Mixed media
Image: Katie Morais poses with a Moko Jumbie Sculpture by Zak Ov?. Image courtesy of Zak Ov

Time Tunnel

2013Glass, brass and steel
Exhibiting in GLASSTRESS: White Light / White Heat, Collateral event of the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale Venice, 2013

Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness

2016-2017Graphite

Lajabless

2013

Inheritance

2011-12Mixed media155 x 163 cm / 61 x 64 1/8 in

Hairy Man

2013

The Upsetters (King and Queen)

2013Mixed MediaKing Upsetter: H.255 x W. 76.5 x D. 52 cm / Queen Upsetter: H.255 x W.76.5 x D. 55cm x  cm /  x  in

Nubian Return

2011mixed media250 x 150 x 40 cm / 98 3/8 x 59 x 15 3/4 in
Mixed media including seventies rootsein mannequin, aircraft fuselage, telephone box shelter, metal signage, etc. 250 x 150 x 40 cm 98 3/8 x 59 x 15 3/4 in

DP8

2016Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in

DP23

2016Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies180 x 120 cm / 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in

DP15

Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in

Attilah

2005120 x 150 cm / 47 1/4 x 59 in