Artist Portrait: Aislinn Finnegan


Welcome Aislinn Finnegan to our artists family! 

Aislinn is a Northern-Irish/Zambian illustrator whose work focuses on the concepts of identity, femininity and race.

 

Aislinn puts Black women at the forefront, in an effort to normalize Black representation in the art world, while also challenging conventional 'Western' standards of beauty and aesthetics, using inspiration from both traditional and contemporary African and African Diaspora art aesthetics and other culture forms (including adornments, textiles and hairstyles). 

Some of Aislinn Finnegan art from her Instagram.

"The women in my painting represent the two Janes, placed side by side to reflect the closeness of their relationship. The striped shirt and parasol are a nod to the coastal landscapes they loved to paint."

She uses neutral earth tones contrasted with large bodies of black to highlight blackness in all its glory as well as to highlight the intricacy of her line work and patterns.  

Jasmine

Mother and Child: This piece is inspired by Zulu adornments. A look at the nurturing relationship between mother and child, showing strength and beauty.

"I feel empowered and inspired by my own experiences of inequalities that prevail in many aspects of my life, within art institutions and popular culture. I use portraiture to create a narrative that celebrates Blackness in all its glory." - Aislinn Finnegan

Tattiana: Aislinn's illustrations focus on concepts of race, identity, and femininity in an attempt to disseminate and celebrate aspects of black culture and beauty in a world dominated by “Western” concepts and aesthetics.

Maasai

This piece is Influenced by the beadwork work of the Maasai of East Africa. Looking at the importance of spirituality within oneself. 

Check out her T-Shirt collection here.