I use my body to paint and perform…

Adelaide Damoah is a British artist of Ghanaian descent whose earlier work combined African and Western influences while highlighting social issues. 

After graduating with a degree in Applied Biology in 1999, Damoah went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry for six years. During this time, she was diagnosed with endometriosis after many years of chronic pain. The time she spent sick allowed her to learn more about her passion for painting, while simultaneously, reevaluating what was most important to her.

In 2006, Damoah had her debut exhibition entitled “Black Brits,” in Charlie Allen’s Boutique, Islington. The show received some media attention, being featured on BBC News, Channel 5 News and other regional and local media outlets in the UK.

In her most recently exhibited work, “This is Us,” Damoah tells personal stories of love and heartache by combining studies of the female form with writing. She cites her main influence as being Frida Kahlo.

Damoah currently writes her experiences and thoughts onto canvas using pen and oil paint. Using English interspersed with Twi, Ga and Fanti- the languages of her parents, Damoah covers her body in oil paint and uses herself as a tool to print on top of her hand written text, resulting in paintings which are not figurative in a classical sense. She cites her main influences for this evolution as being Judy Chicago, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yves Klein, Sokari Douglas Camp, Rachel Ara and Ana Mendieta. A deep desire to truly connect with her heritage drives the use of her parents language in the work. 


Damoah’s solo exhibitions to date also include This is Us, Supermodels, Black Lipstick, and a domestic violence exhibition for registered charity, the National Centre for Domestic Violence.

Adelaide Damoah interviews visual artists for her Youtube channel. The videos form a series called Art Discussion. First started in 2011 as blog interviews, the series seeks to discover how artists overcome their biggest challenges, achieve their biggest successes and aims to give advice to artists at the start of their careers.

Damoah is a founding member of the BBFA (Black British Female Artists Collective).