Oona Grimes
 
Oona Grimes, a spritz of grrrls #3, 2018, coloured pencil, 210 x 297mm

a spritz of grrrls #3  2018  coloured pencil  210 x 297mm

 


Oona Grimes is a born and bred London scribbler and draw-er—a devout flattist with a love of pattern and all things paper and bookish, from Japanese woodcuts and Windsor McKay to graphic signage and packaging; tartans stolen from a Lorenzetti blanket or cartoon detail thieved from Roman wall paintings.

You’re lured in spite of yourself, in spite of not knowing what the shady characters and disjointed hieroglyphics represent... Isn’t this what Grimes is seeking - a way to notate a reality that can’t be determined or resolved through narrative or catharsis? — Cherry Smyth

My drawings are a celebration of the absurd, a transformation of ordinary objects and a simmering consommé of fact and fiction, an ongoing series of parallel worlds. They are an investigation into language, beginnings and ends of it, learning and losing it, neurological case studies, Alzheimer’s, slippage and mis-memory. Clay is the in-between bit—the instinctive making-ness that fills in the gaps.

Now tanglehead has nothing to say to brickface. Characters once locked in the personalities of hierarchical position must change as the power of speech is lost. —Cherry Smyth

Grimes is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art London & The Ruskin School of Art Oxford University. In 2018 she was the Bridget Riley Fellow at the British School at Rome.

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> Exhibitions at the gallery: A bird in the head  2017, chapter Two  2014, Glass Cat  2014, So That I May Come Back  2010, Riddle me  2008, Conversations with Angels  2007, Love Story  2004, Cutting Room  2000
 
 
SELECTED WORKS *click thumbnails to view larger images
Oona Grimes, roman sKandals, 2018, spray paint, coloured pencil and collage on paper 
roman sKandals
2018  spray paint, coloured pencil and collage on paper  75 x 110cm
 
Oona Grimes, angelo del fango, 2018, spray paint, coloured pencil and collage on paper 
angelo del fango
2018  spray paint, coloured pencil and collage on paper  75 x 110cm
 
Oona Grimes, U.eU. and Umberto d's boxset, 2018, i.phone and 16mm rushes, install - min i.pad 
U.eU. and Umberto d's boxset
2018  i.phone and 16mm rushes  install - min i.pad
 
Oona Grimes, a spritz of grrrls #7, 2018, coloured pencil 
a spritz of grrrls #7
2018  coloured pencil  210 x 297mm
 
Oona Grimes, the children #5, 2018, coloured pencil 
the children #5
2018  coloured pencil  210 x 297mm
 
 
Toes n toast
2014  ceramic edition of 3  photograph by Oskar Proctor
 
Eye things flat
2015  clay  photograph by Peter White
 
Skinner's pigeons
2015  clay  photograph by Peter White
 
 
Flann's architectural digest #6
2015  spray paint on paper mounted on di-bond  75 x 111 cm
 
 
Flann's architectural digest #12
2015  spray paint on paper mounted on di-bond  75 x 111 cm
 
 
Flann's architectural digest #17
2015  spray paint on paper mounted on di-bond  75 x 111 cm
 
 
Jerry's lunch
2014  clay   photograph by Oskar Proctor
 
 
a choir of potatoes
2014  clay  photograph by Oskar Proctor
 
 
The dress-me-up
2013
 
 
Hackney Harpoon
2013
 
 
 
Oona Grimes Oona Grimes
Who let the dogs out
2011
 
 
 
 Oona Grimes
So that I may come back
2010
 
 
 
Oona Grimes Oona Grimes
Framing Identity
2010
 
 
 
Oona Grimes Oona Grimes Oona Grimes
Rose-Red Empire
2009
 
 
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2007
 
 
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2007
 
 
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2007
 
  
Endless Landscape
Collaboration with Jo Stockham, 2007, etching, 16.25 x 9cm each box of 20 etchings
 
 
a.... is
2006, book and individual prints
 
 
ha_hg
2006, etching and collage, 76 x 117cm
 
 
s.o.s.
2005, etching and collage
 
 
n(h)....
2004, etching and letraset on layered Japanese tissue, 45 x 50cm
 
How Clever of God  
2004/03, ink, gouache and letraset on paper, 56 x 76cm
 
 
Bligh's Bounty Box
2003, hand bound book of 20 etchings, 26 x 74.5cm(box and cover)
 
 
from a to z
2003, etching and letraset on Japanese tissue
 
 
Disturbed Earth
2002, etching and gouache, 19 x 24 (24 x 19) cm
 
 
Cutting Room
1999/2000, felt pen and ink
 
 
   
Downfall
1998, etching and gouache, 255 x 52cm
 
 
Beasty Wild Things Down the Chimney
1996, etching and gouache, 77 x 133cm