Jadé Fadojutimi’s Abstract Masterpiece Sells for $1.94 Million at Phillips Auction in New York

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British-Nigerian abstract painter, Jadé Fadojutimi, has once again made headlines in the art world. Since joining Gagosian, the world’s largest gallery, in 2021, she has become a closely watched figure in the realm of abstraction. Following her participation in the 2022 Venice Biennale, Fadojutimi’s painting, “Quirk my mannerism,” set a remarkable record for the artist at this year’s Phillips sale of 20th-century and contemporary art in New York on November 7th.

After an intense bidding session lasting more than five minutes, the hammer price for Fadojutimi’s artwork soared to $1.55 million, surpassing all expectations and the initial estimate of $600,000–$800,000. With fees included, the final sale price reached an impressive $1.94 million. This achievement adds to Fadojutimi’s track record of success at auctions, as demonstrated by her setting two records at Sotheby’s and Phillips in London in October 2021.

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The painting that captivated bidders in New York follows a series of accomplishments for Fadojutimi, including her first presentation with Gagosian at Frieze London in October 2021. Known for her large-scale abstractions that blend colors, shapes, and lines in vibrant and dazzling ways, Fadojutimi draws inspiration from diverse influences, ranging from 20th-century painting to Japanese anime and music. Describing her work as “Human. Animal. Natural.,” she captures the essence of souls, both living and inanimate, in her creations.

Fadojutimi’s artistic prowess has not only attracted attention in the auction world but has also led to acquisitions by major institutions. The Tate in London made her the youngest artist in its collection at the time by acquiring her 2018 canvas, “I Present Your Royal Highness.” Additionally, her works can be found in prestigious institutions such as the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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