Shadi Al-Atallah

Shadi Al-Atallah is a queer and Afro-Arab identifying painter and illustrator based in London, UK, currently studying for their MA Painting at the Royal College of Arts. Al-Atallah’s work explores ideas surrounding the intersections of spirituality, identity, childhood, and mental health. It is largely informed by memories of their childhood in Saudi Arabia, the personal relationships they had developed, their Bipolar disorder diagnosis and family history. These topics are dissected in their paintings by distorting the image of their own body in an absurd and clumsy manner.