Sahara Longe Sierra Leonean, British, b. 1994


Steeped in traditional techniques, Sahara Longe's practice wields hallmarks of painting's canon in service of identities historically excluded from it. Gently revisionist canvases reframe Old Masters' go-to tableaus - The Fall of Man or Three Graces - swapping black bodies into a markedly white visual history. Nude studies and oil portraits splice contemporary subjects into our most hallowed templates of image-making: beneath the playful veil of masterful technique, Longe's conceit is all the more satisfying for its simplicity.

  • Sahara Longe, Just Having a Think, 2021
    Sahara Longe
    Just Having a Think, 2021
    Oil on jute
    115 x 80 cm