About the artist

 

Zak Ové is a London based multi-disciplinary artist working in film, sculpture and photography to reclaim old world mythologies in new world source materials and technologies. His fascination with the interplay between antiquity and the future is inspired by masking rituals and traditions of Trinidadian carnival that is itself rooted in a struggle for emancipation. Ové’s work is in celebration of the power of play, the juxtaposition of parody and sacred ritual and the blurring of edges between reality and fantasy, flesh and spirit. His use of non-traditional materials: copper, wood, Victoriana and other found materials, situates the work in the metropoles of Europe and the Americas where they merge and mutate into endless possibilities and unexpected identities.

 

selected works

Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness
2018
Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness
2016-2017
Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness
2016
Moko Jumbies
2015
Time Tunnel
2013
The Upsetters (King and Queen)
2013
Inheritance
2011-12
Lajabless
2013
Nubian Return
2011
Hairy Man
2013
Time Thief
2010
DP23
2016
DP8
2016
Attilah
2005
DP1
2016

past exhibitions

5 October – 15 February 2019

Zak Ové

Autonomous Morris

Smithson Plaza, London
4 October – 7 October 2018

Leonardo DrewIbrahim El-SalahiHassan HajjajChris OfiliZak Ové

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Somerset House, London
15 September 2018 – 15 March 2019

Zak Ové

The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness

28 June – 7 November 2018

Zak Ové

THE INVISIBLE MAN AND THE MASQUE OF BLACKNESS

San Francisco Civic Centre
5 June – 21 July 2018

Leonardo DrewHassan HajjajZak Ové

Talisman in the Age of Difference

11 April – 8 October 2018

Zak Ové

Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene

19 March – 7 May 2018

Zak Ové

Star Liner

21 June – 21 July 2017

Daniel Crews-ChubbZak OvéCaroline AchaintreBen EnwonwuChe Lovelace

Playing Mas

Vigo Gallery
5 May – 7 May 2017

Derrick AdamsIbrahim El-SalahiZak Ové

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York
8 April 2017 – 4 June 2018

Zak Ové

Black and Blue

The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness

28 March 2017 – 28 March 2018

Zak Ové

Moko Jumbies

British Museum
30 November – 4 December 2016

Zak Ové

Modern Forms presents Zak Ové

30 November – 3 December 2016

Zak Ové

A Land So Far

6 October – 9 October 2016

Zak Ové

The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness

6 October – 9 October 2016

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London

Ibrahim El-SalahiZak Ové

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London
15 October – 18 October 2015

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Ibrahim El-SalahiHassan HajjajZak Ové

27 November 2013 – 10 January 2014

Zak Ové

Speaker

Vigo Gallery
26 October 2013 – 26 January 2014

Hassan HajjajZak Ové

Chaos into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia

Curated by Shannon Ayers Holden

1 June – 24 November 2013

Zak Ové

Glasstress

White Light / White Heat

29 June – 23 September 2012

Matthew BurrowsBiggs & CollingsHeywood & CondieHassan HajjajMarcus HarveyHenry KrokatsisOliver MarsdenJonathan BaldockDan CoombsKeith CoventryHoward DykeNeal GallTom GallantSteve GoddardPaul HousleyPhillip LaiPenny LambHew LockeJason MartinRyan MosleyZak OvéMichael SamuelsChris SuccoDolly ThompsettGavin TurkDouglas White

London Twelve

City Gallery of Prague
17 April – 11 May 2012

British

An exploration of Britain's cultural identity

Vigo Gallery

selected press/news

2 June 2019

Zak Ové

Get Up, Stand Up Now: Black British art's response to the Windrush scandal
 
Get Up Stand Up Now
12 June – 15 September 2019

Zak Ové

UK galleries have embraced black artists, says exhibition curator
Zak Ové of Get Up, Stand Up Now show feels cultural scene has never been more accepting
 

Zak Ové

A Landmark Achievement for a Painting by a Woman, Upstaged by a Man
 
8 October 2018

Ibrahim El-SalahiZak Ové

‘African Art Is Here to Stay’: Collectors Were in a Buying Mood at the London Edition of the 1-54 Fair
 
Meditation Tree
3 – 7 October 2018
20 July 2018

Zak Ové

What’s not to love? Ratty as San Francisco is, there’s no denying the magic
 
THE INVISIBLE MAN AND THE MASQUE OF BLACKNESS
28 June – 7 November 2018
5 July 2018

Zak Ové

CHARLES DESMARAIS' ART PICK.
 
THE INVISIBLE MAN AND THE MASQUE OF BLACKNESS
28 June – 7 November 2018

Zak Ové

JOURNEY INTO A NEW DIMENSION
 
Star Liner
19 March – 7 May 2018
3 July 2018

Zak Ové

New Sculpture Exhibit at San Francisco Civic Center Turning Heads
 
THE INVISIBLE MAN AND THE MASQUE OF BLACKNESS
28 June – 7 November 2018
18 June 2018

Zak Ové

Mythic Carnival: British-Caribbean Artist Zak Ové’s Multimedia Artworks Requite A Lost African Culture.
 
Star Liner
19 March – 7 May 2018
31 May 2017

Zak Ové

Art gone wild
The best places to see sculptures outdoors - Yorkshire Sculpture Park
CNN
 

Zak Ové

British Museum permanently installs first Caribbean art commission

Zak Ové’s Moko Jumbie sculptures now stand in the Africa Galleries
 
Moko Jumbies
28 March 2017 – 28 March 2018
30 March 2017

Zak Ové

interview

Tackling slavery through Caribbean sculpture
 
Moko Jumbies
28 March 2017 – 28 March 2018

Kadar BrockIbrahim El-SalahiZak Ové

How to Spend It
A dynamic contemporary art platform for emerging talents
 
8 October 2016

Zak Ové

Weekend Collecting
People Want to Look Back
Financial Times
 
The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness
6 – 9 October 2016

Zak Ové

featured in Newark Museum

 
Arts of Global Africa Galleries

Ibrahim El-SalahiZak Ové

Nigerian artists in the spotlight
Art Newspaper
 

video

Zak Ové

BBC CHANNEL 4 NEWS: Zak Ove tackling slavery through Caribbean sculpture - Jon Snow (30.03.2017)

For the first time in its history the British Museum is putting on permanent display the work of a Caribbean sculptor in its African collection.

Zak Ove – drawing heavily on his own Trinidadian Irish heritage, has tackled the story of slavery by viewing it through the traditional Island Carnival, an exuberant annual parade that weaves together the story of slavery, rebellion and eventual liberation.

Zak Ové

Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2017-2018

Zak Ové

Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London

Modern Forms

Zak Ové interviewed by Nick Hackworth, 2016

Zak Ové

Modern Forms | Zak Ové

Zak Ové

A Land So Far

Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness

2018Graphite

Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness

2016-2017Graphite

Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness

2016Mixed media

Moko Jumbies

2015Mixed media
Image: Katie Morais poses with a Moko Jumbie Sculpture by Zak Ov?. Image courtesy of Zak Ov

Time Tunnel

2013Glass, brass and steel
Exhibiting in GLASSTRESS: White Light / White Heat, Collateral event of the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale Venice, 2013

The Upsetters (King and Queen)

2013Mixed MediaKing Upsetter: H.255 x W. 76.5 x D. 52 cm / Queen Upsetter: H.255 x W.76.5 x D. 55cm x  cm /  x  in

Inheritance

2011-12Mixed media155 x 163 cm / 61 x 64 1/8 in

Lajabless

2013

Nubian Return

2011mixed media250 x 150 x 40 cm / 98 3/8 x 59 x 15 3/4 in
Mixed media including seventies rootsein mannequin, aircraft fuselage, telephone box shelter, metal signage, etc. 250 x 150 x 40 cm 98 3/8 x 59 x 15 3/4 in

Hairy Man

2013

Time Thief

2010Mixed Media (Antique African mask / Various found objects)210 x 75 cm / 82 5/8 x 29 1/2 in

DP23

2016Plywood frame with sacking crochet doilies180 x 120 cm / 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in

DP8

2016Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in

Attilah

2005120 x 150 cm / 47 1/4 x 59 in

DP1

2016Plywood frame with sacking crochet doilies180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in