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

“You’re lured inspite of yourself, inspite of not knowing what the shady characters and disjointed hieroglyphics represent… Isn’t this what Grimes is seeking – a way to notate a reality that can’t be determined or resolved through narrative or catharsis?” Cherry Smyth

My drawings are a celebration of the absurd, a transformation of ordinary objects & a simmering consomme of fact & fiction, an ongoing series of parallel worlds. They are an investigation into language, beginnings & ends of it, learning & losing it, neurological case studies, alzheimers, slippage & mis-memory. Clay is the in between bit – the instinctive making-ness that fills in the gaps.

“Now tanglehead has nothing to say to brickface. Characters once locked in the personalities of hierarchical position must change as the power of speech is lost.” Cherry Smyth

Grimes is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art London & The Ruskin School of Art Oxford University. She is the Bridget Riley Fellow at the British School at Rome 2018.


Hanna Barbera meets the Rationalist philosophers meets the Early Renaissance meets Felix the Cat & Windsor McKay