Denise M Semple

Denise M Semple aka Onayemi, and Dee is a lens-based artist, who uses slide photography, film, video to explore issues surrounding gender, health and family history.  She began telling stories using poetry, prints, paintings, drawings sculptures, oral histories, and paintings.

Semple was born in Fulham, London, in September 1964.  She was raised by a mother who loved photography and letter writing, and a father who told a great yarn and loved bespoke shoes.  She loved to perform, and originally wanted to be a dancer.

Her ambitions changed as she became older, and she dabbled in fashion, and performance poetry. She earned her Bachelor of Film and Video degree, from the London College of Printing in 1996. Four years before in 1992 she supported Pulitzer prize-winning author Toni Morrison on her tour entitled, ‘Jazz’.

From 2016 to 2018 Dee led lens-based art wellbeing walks for NHS England, arts and community organisations in the poorest ward in Kensington and Chelsea. Also exhibiting her video art, and hand-sewn photobooks, in two exhibitions at the Maxilla Art Gallery in Latimer Road.