Camberwell College of Arts
BA (Hons) Fine Art: Drawing
As a Black artist I aim to create work which is socially engaged and stimulates or provokes a political dialogue or disturbs the status quo. The focus of my practice is mainly portraiture where I use graphite pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolour, acrylic and oil paints on paper and canvas. I also produce nudes using the same mediums and similarly produce still life drawings. Currently, my portraits are based on original photographic images I take and some sourced stills. My subjects are prominent Black political campaigners whom I have worked with, friends and family and some well-known Black figures in popular culture. There are instances where my drawings and paintings of people have been pegged to news stories that have captured my interest as a Black journalist. Blending, blurring and overlapping photographic images to symbolise Black familial relationships, similarities, resemblance, ageing and the passing of time has become a distinct part of my work. I have used vintage film cameras like the Ensign Selfix and the Fujica ST605 to take portraits in black and white that have produced a cinematic quality to the final images.
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