About the artist

“Art is where we discover and express our humanity; we find a language to share our ideas and emotions. It has the responsibility of helping society deal with its conflicts and contradictions. As an artist, I see it as my role to facilitate this.” 

Ayesha Feisal is a British/ Sierra Leonean artist born in London, where she lives and works. An interdisciplinary artist, Feisal creates complex, amorous forms, drawing inspiration from studying behaviour and the mind whilst exploring the effects of experience. Influenced by the expressionist and futurist movement, her intrigue comes from how artists of such eras depicted meaning, experience, movement, and time. As a result, she displays intense – and sometimes unnatural – colours to heighten the emotion in her work.

Feisal’s art reflects her interest in psychological states, and she uses the human form to explore the psyche. Her works have been an ongoing response to events and situations, influenced by her interest in consciousness, universal law, balance and truth. She is drawn to portray characters who move beyond the impact of circumstance, environment and social condition.

Feisal is a passionate advocate for self-empowerment and uses creativity as a form of resistance to address issues that impact black women worldwide. She co-founded the Black British Female Artist (BBFA) group in 2015 to combat the lack of visibility and recognition for black female artists in the UK. The BBFA collective works to create more opportunities for black female artists, and their diverse work represents stories from the Diaspora.

Feisal has exhibited in numerous group shows, including; 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair (‘Off The Tracks’) Marakesh, Morocco and Dakar Biennale (OFF Dak’Art Gallery of Small Things) Senegal. In 2019 she was selected for; ‘No Room for Fear’ with SMO Contemporary, BBFA Collective and Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; she also exhibited with Tafeta Gallery at ArtX Lagos. In 2021, Feisal was selected to show at the Royal Academy ‘Reclaiming The Magic’ exhibition and the ING Discerning Eye and more recently, The Rites of Passage exhibition and Gagosian, London.

Exhibition History:

2023 Rites of Passage, Gagosian, Britannia St, London

2022 The Black Effect (The Joy In Identity), SMO Contemporary Art (Nigeria), Hogan Lovells , London

2022 Garden of Souvenirs, Solo show, Tafeta Gallery, London

2021 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Main Galleries, London

2021 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2020  Negritude Re-Embodied, Hoxton 253 Gallery, London

2019 ArtX Lagos (Tafeta Gallery/ BBFA) Lagos, Nigeria

2019 No Room For Fear, Hogan Lovells LLP in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, BBFA and SMO Contemporary Art (Nigeria), Holborn, London

2019 Transitions (solo show), Tafeta Gallery, Fitzrovia, London

2019    The Next Wave: The Power of Authenticity and Self Validation (HAART),  Hoxton Arches, London

2018    BBFA Presents/, Tafeta Gallery,  London

2018    Dakar Biennale, OFF Dak’Art, GoST group show, Dakar, Senegal

2018    1:54 Contemporary Art Fair ‘Off The Tracks’ (Little Africa/ Des Gosses),  Marrakech, Morocco

2017    Gallery of Small Things), Bisi Silver Project, Lagos, Nigeria

2017     ‘A Seat At The Table’, BBFA Collective),  198 Gallery, London

2016    ‘Formation’,  Solo Show, Camden Image Gallery, London

2016     Art Meets Music,  Hoxton Gallery, London

2016   Black British Female Artist (BBFA) Discussion Forum,  Lacey Contemporary, UK

2015    Vision To Reality,  (BBFA Collective), TEDx, Euston, UK

2015    AACDD Festival BBFA Collective),  Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower, London

2014    Through The Kaleidoscope’,  Islington, London   

2013    Cork Street Open exhibition,  Mayfair, London

2013    Art of Tottenham,  639 Studios, London, UK

2013    Mokspace Gallery, Bloomsbury, London

2012    Art of Tottenham,  639 Studios, London, UK

2012    Figure Black,Brixton, London


BA (Hons) Graphic Fine Art (University of East London)

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (College of North East London)