Rudy Loewe (b. 1987) is an artist visualising Black histories and social politics through painting, drawing and text. They began a Techne funded practice-based PhD at the University of the Arts London in 2021. This research critiques Britain’s role in suppressing Black Power in the English-speaking Caribbean, during the 60s and 70s. Loewe is creating paintings and drawings that unravel this history included in recently declassified Foreign & Commonwealth Office records. Their approach to painting speaks to their background in comics and illustration — combining text, image and sequential narrative.
Loewe has exhibited internationally in institutions and galleries including: Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK: South London Gallery, London, UK; New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK; Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, SE; Vallentuna Kulturhus, Stockholm, SE; Marabourparken, Sundbyberg, SE; Royal Academy, London, UK; Regart Centre D'Artistes En Art Actuel, Lévis, CA; DobraVaga, Ljubljana, SI; Staffordshire St, London, UK; Serpentine Galleries, London, UK.
They have had public commissions including: LDN WMN billboard commissioned by Tate and the Mayor of London, London, UK; Becontree Forever schools project, commissioned by Barking & Dagenham council, London, UK; The Depths of Our History, Contemporary Art Space Project commissioned by Iniva and RSA Academies, UK.
Residencies include: Ecologias Especulativas, Labverde, Brazil (2023); Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2023); Early Years Artists in Residence, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK (2020); Distributed Identities, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada (2019); We Dey, X Space, Austria (2019); The Bothy Project, Scotland (2019).
Recent exhibitions include shows at VITRINE Fitzrovia, London, UK, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, UK, PEER gallery, London UK and a public sculpture presentation in uMoya: the sacred return of lost things, Liverpool Biennial 2023, UK.
Photography Lo River Lööf