Humanalia (n.): About the Artists

Ugonna Hosten
Born in Nigeria, Hosten moved to the UK as a child. She currently lives and works in Kent. Hosten is a self-taught artist having originally trained in Criminology. Her practice probes ideas of belonging, using found objects, African literature, and children’s stories, intertwining them with her own childhood memories and family stories. This results in a practice that encompasses collage, printmaking, drawing and painting.

Alice Hartley
Hartley graduated from Kingston University before completing her MFA at The Royal College of Art. She was selected for New Contemporaries in 2014 and has an extensive exhibition record, including Europe and North America. Hartley’s practice is based in painting, drawing and print, often creating large scale, site specific mono-screenprints.

Jade Sweeting
Living and working in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sweeting is originally from Middlesbrough but completed her BA Hons at Northumbria University before becoming the Graduate Fellow, specialising in print. She then set up her own press ‘The Pulled Print Club’, a DIY screenprint studio that promoted affordable workshops and editioning services, delivered with a punk ethos. Sweeting’s own work is influenced by feminist, queer theory, and archiving.

Olu Ogunnaike
Ogunnaike graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Critical Practice at Brighton University in 2013. He is currently a final year student at The Royal Academy Schools studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art. Ounnaike’s work is interested in our composite identities, and he uses wood as a marker of possible encounters, both past and present, between people and the spaces we inhabit. Considering trees as repositories of memory within the places and communities in which they grow, he explores how the evolving and changing materiality of wood leaves traces of potential narratives; narratives that become inextricably linked to our historical development.

Adam Hogarth
Hogarth completed a BA Hons in Fine Art at Northumbria University before studying Fine Art Printmaking at The Royal College of Art. Hogarth has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the current print fellow at The Royal Academy of Arts. Hogarth’s latest body of work is titled “The Future’s Forgotten Rituals”, an anthropological study of communities that hang onto existence 900 years after a mass global nuclear and ecological disaster.

Vytenis Semenas
Originally from Lithuania, Semenas now lives and works in London. He graduated from LCC and is the current Relief Fellow at The Royal Academy of Arts. He was selected for both the Relief Masters and the National Original Print Exhibition in 2019. Semenas also won the most recent graduate award at Thames-side Print Studio. His practice is based in illustration and lino-cutting, taking inspiration from traditional Japanese wood blocking techniques, tattooing and ancient mythology.

Jnr Boakye-Yiadom
Boakye-Yiadom is an artist living and practicing in London. He graduated from Winchester University and The Royal Academy of Arts and has exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Jerwood Gallery and Somerset House. His practice is multimedia and installation based, using ready-made and found objects, found photographs, sound and moving image. Boakye-Yiadom often works in collaboration with other musicians for live improvisation.