Oona Grimes


  • Oona Grimes
  • Area

    School of Arts & Humanities


    Visiting Lecturer

  • Oona Grimes is a Visiting Lecturer on the Print programme at the RCA and the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University.

  • Biography

  • Oona Grimes is a born and bred drawer and scribbler - a devout flattist with a love of pattern and all things paper and bookish from Japanese woodcuts and Windsor McKay to graphic signage and packaging; tartans stolen from a Lorenzetti blanket or cartoon flattened detail drawn from Roman wall paintings.

    Grimes was educated at Norwich School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art.

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  • Practice

  • Oona Grimes's drawings are a celebration of the absurd, a transformation of ordinary objects and a simmering consommé of fact & fiction, an ongoing series of parallel worlds: Hanna Barbera meets the Rationalist philosophers meets the Early Renaissance meets Felix the Cat.

    ‘My drawings are an investigation into language, beginnings and ends of it, learning and losing it. Clay is the in-between bit - the instinctive making-ness that fills in the gaps. I cannot name the clay things in the way I name my drawings.'

    'Must a name mean something?' Alice asked doubtfully.

    'Of course it must,' Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh: 'my name means the shape I am — and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.'



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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected Recent Exhibitions


    Tall Tales, Freud Museum, London & touring to Touchstones Rochdale, Glasgow Women’s Library

    Volta New York (solo): Danielle Arnaud, London

    Its Offal, curated by Emma Cousin & Emily Austin, Arthouse, London


    Stop Bugging Me: Frame 2 (solo), Tintype, London

    Bread & Jam, Whitbread Road, London

    Abstract Apartment, Deborah House, London


    When is now: 5 Years (solo), Camberwell Space, London 

    chapter two (solo)Danielle Arnaud co art, London

    Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries London, invited by Helen Sumpter & Emma Stibbon RA (prizewinner) 

    Glass Cat #1 & #2, Danielle Arnaud co art & Wimbledon Space, London (2013–14)

    Selected Publications

    Grimes, O. (2016) The Library Bookshelf, London: Akerman Daly

    Sinclair, I. (2011) Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project, London: Hamish Hamilton

    Sinclair, I. (2010) Postcards from the 7th Floor, Brighton: Pighog Press

    Sinclair, I. (2009) Hackney That Rose-Red Empire, London: Hamish Hamilton

    Robson, D. & Evans, G. (2010) Towards Re-enactment: Place and it’s Meaning, Artevents 

    Forbes, L. Abs_nces

    Peake, F. Scales

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Selected work