Whitehead, Tessa

Tessa Whitehead (1985, Bahamian) makes work about stories and landscapes in which peculiar events occur. Her work often references dense Bahamian bush, and the things or people that might occupy these spaces. Whitehead works across different mediums, including photography, cement, fabrics and clay with an emphasize in oil painting and drawing.


Whitehead received a BA Fine Arts from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, London and an MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London. Her most recent solo exhibition was at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (2019). She represented POPOPstudios ICVA at VoltaNY (2016). Group exhibitions include Beginning, The Brighton Storeroom, Barbados (2019); Ubersee, Halle 14, Spinnerei in Leipzig, Germany (2017); Showoff, Cooke Latham Gallery (2020); Nassau Calling (with Heino Schmid), curated by Amanda Coulson and Ulrich Voges, HilgerBROTKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria (2015); Showoff (with Heino Schmid), curated by LeandaKateLouise, London, UK (2015). Public collections include Central Bank of The Bahamas, University College London and The D’Aguilar Art Foundation.