Frieze London 2022: Inside the Soho House art trail
Explore the works by artists showing at this year’s art fair through visits to your favourite London Houses
Thursday 13 October 2022 By Anastasiia Fedorova
Frieze London and Frieze Masters have officially taken over London’s Regent’s Park – a prime destination for the world’s gallerists and art collectors. This year’s fair, running until Sunday 16 October, showcases 280 galleries from 42 countries – quite the task, even for the most avid art experts.
To mark the annual occasion, we have selected works by artists showing at this year’s Frieze London, with works on display around our local Houses in the British capital. Start the art trail in Soho, continue to 180 House on the Strand, then head to south London to finish at Little House Balham. The best part? You can lounge around with a cocktail in hand or grab a bite at Cecconi’s in between exploring works by the best artists in the city.
These works are just a small fragment of Soho House’s global art collection – and a great starting point for getting to grip with today’s art world.
Lindsey Mendick (Carl Freedman Gallery)
If you’ve already had a wander through Frieze, chances are you’ve been mesmerised by Lindsey Mendick’s cute and demonic sculptures of pets and vases equipped with claws. The London-based artist mostly works with ceramics using the traditional methods for the surreal, grotesque and deformed creations often rooted in pop culture. At 76 Dean Street, you can find one of her smaller works – a ceramic wall piece with a still life depicting some fruits and a heart.
Lubaina Himid (Hollybush Gardens gallery)
Lubaina Himid was one of the first artists involved in the UK’s Black Art movement in the 1980s. She received an MBE in June 2010 ‘for services to Black Women’s Art’ and won the Turner Prize in 2017. Working across painting, drawing and installation, she uncovers marginalised and silenced histories and seeks to create a conversation about the place of Black women in the art world. Himid’s work on display at 76 Dean Street is reflective of her techniques of working with colour and perspective.
Kevin Francis Gray (Pace Gallery)
The work of Kevin Francis Gray explores the relationship between abstraction and figuration in sculpture. Often working with marble, one of the medium’s most traditional materials, he pushes boundaries of form and emotional expression – making it turn into soft irregular waves and folds. At Frieze, the artist is showing one of his marble panels, while 40 Greek Street is home to one of his marble busts.
Rebecca Ackroyd (Peres Projects)
Working across painting and sculpture, Rebecca Ackroyd exposes the strange and eerie in the ordinary. Exploring sexuality, the body, gender and identity, the artist zooms in on the way we exist in the day-to-day. At Frieze, she is showing two large-scale paintings, while in the House you can find a smaller but no less emotive work.
Donna Huanca (Peres Projects)
Donna Huanca is one of the most sought-after artists of the current era: her large-scale paintings draw the viewer in not only through the expressive work with colour and form, but also its connection with the artist’s performative practice. At the heart of Huanca’s art is exploration of the human body and its relationship to space and identity – physical bodies translated into abstraction in her canvas.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (Corvi-Mora)
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British painter and writer. She often works with oil paint on canvas or coarse linen exploring the presence of the Black figure in painting. Unconventionally, the individuals and groups of people she chooses to depict are not real but derived from her imagination, as well as found images, memories, literature and history – a testament to art being capable of transforming the cultural narrative.
Hew Locke (Hales Gallery)
Based in Brixton, Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke works with the languages of colonial and post-colonial power and symbols of authority. In his multi-layered works, he appropriates coats-of-arms, public statuary, trophies, weaponry, naval warships and the costumes and regalia of state. At Frieze, you can see his painting recontextualising a statue of Queen Victoria, while Brixton Studio houses one of his smaller works.
Yinka Shonibare (Goodman Gallery)
Yinka Shonibare is a British-Nigerian artist who examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity. His works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories, and question the prevalent narratives of Western culture. Working across various media, including large-scale sculpture and fabrics, the Studio displays one of his wall-based works.
Joy Labinjo (Tiwani Contemporary)
Joy Labinjo is a British-Nigerian artist focusing on paintings and drawings depicting intimate scenes of historical and contemporary life, both real and imagined. Working with personal and historical archival imagery, she explores the contemporary state of political voice, power, Blackness, race, history, community and family. Placed in the centre of the wall display at Brixton Studio, her work depicts three figures captured in their momentary closeness.
Flora Yukhnovich (Victoria Miro)
British artist Flora Yukhnovich is known for her contemporary interpretation of the Rococo painting style. The composition and colour scheme of her pieces are familiar to the viewer from art history – yet they are deconstructed and subversive, offering a new take on the genre and painting as a whole. Her artwork at Little House Balham might be small scale, but it’s very much worth seeking out.