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Shemelle Soyebo

b. 1991, England


Shemelle also known as SoyShem, is a visual artist based in West London from a mixed Nigerian and Bajan heritage. She paints on canvas with a focus on story telling through portraiture and nature. 


 While exploring her identity and feelings of displacement of how she fits into this world, this has caused much anxiety throughout her life. Soyshem would paint to relieve her anxiety and connect with people visually. 

Soyshem used her art as a way of story telling expanded from her imaginative flair but now incorporates her imagination with real life subjects to take the viewer on a journey, telling stories from her perspective of how she views the world. This is a journey of escapism and acceptance in a world that presents harsh realities. Her paintings offers a search for freedom, comfort, safety, strength, connection, identity, self love, and inspiration 

Soyshem studied Interior Architecture as a degree but realised her true passion is in visual arts. Her style of art is influenced by science fiction, astronomy, music, the Pre-Raphalites era and her international travels. She also draws upon her many experiences of exposure to varied cultures and ways of living via travelling; depictions of art to go beyond the visuals and aesthetics to connect internally.


Photos taken at SOYSHEM’s 2019 Solo Exhibition in Old street, Central London
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Soyshem believes that through her art she can encourage people to question and tackle discrimination, stereotypes and prejudgements. She uses her work to display purposeful images, depicting positive representations of people, pushing the narrative of positive and meaningful imagery.  

 Soyshem's agenda is to create artwork to represent the voices of the unheard, forgotten and introverts (like herself) who are constantly misunderstood in society but understand the same sense of loss that many people worldwide feel after being displaced geographically and losing connection with their culture. This does not change the fact that we still deserve to be seen and heard in society, correctly. 


'We are all unique, powerful, and beautiful beings, and while finding opportunities can be challenging, it's not impossible!' 


Her mission is to inspire you to apply yourself to do what you love and follow your heart, no matter what society dictates.


Photo taken at the Black history month group exhibition in 2020 held at Westfield Stratford in East London.