The best young artists in London right now

Eddy Frankel, TIMEOUT, September 30, 2019

London’s art scene is full of young talent, but it can be hard to separate future Picassos from future Shitassos. We join forces with industry experts to pick the ones to watch

Shadi Al-Atallah

In Shadi Al-Atallah’s big, dark, brooding paintings, you can read all the teeming symbolism of their own queer, mixed-race identity. Al-Atallah creates figurative paintings filled with tormented, sensuous figures that romp through bedrooms and hospital corridors, wrestling constantly with their bodies, minds and culture. The canvases are unprimed and hang unframed – slapdash, rough and full of seriously affecting emotion. Oh, and Shadi did the artwork for Kanye’s ‘XTCY’ single too.


Justin Hammond, Director at J Hammond Projects says: ‘Shadi does big, bold imagined self-portraits dealing with sex and death. Raw as fuck.’ 

Find Shadi in ‘Full English’ at Southwark Platform. Fri Oct 4-20. Free.