Eugene Palmer: New Paintings

It was a pleasure to visit the James Hockey and Foyer Galleries at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, to view a solo exhibition of new paintings by the Jamaican-British contemporary figurative artist Eugene Palmer. Curated by Richard Hylton, the exhibition "Eugene Palmer: Didn't it Rain: New Paintings" (27 January - 24 March 2018)... Continue Reading →

British Black Art in the 1980s: Visualising the Political Aesthetics of Sufferation, Resistance and Liberation

PRELUDE: Reflections from Stuart Hall about the history and significance of the British 'Black Art' movement during the 1980s: "This new 'horizon' produced a polemical and politicised art: a highly graphic, iconographic art of line and montage, cut-out and collage, image and slogan: the 'message' often appearing too pressing, too immediate, too literal, to brook... Continue Reading →

“At Home with Vanley Burke”: an immersive installation at the Ikon Gallery

When curators of the recently opened exhibition at the Ikon Gallery invited audiences to feel "At Home with Vanley Burke" (22 July - 27 September 2015) I was  quite cautious about whether a mainstream British art gallery could create a welcoming space that centralised black British social, political and cultural narratives.  However, I immediately overcame my initial skepticism as soon... Continue Reading →

An interview with Professor Eddie Chambers – re. his new book, ‘Black Artists in British Art: A History from 1950 to the Present’ (IB Tauris, 2014)

On 2nd July I had the privilege of interviewing the artist, curator and art historian Professor Eddie Chambers while he was here in the UK to launch and promote his new book, Black Artists in British Art: A History from 1950 to the Present (IB Tauris, 2014). We met at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, where his installation piece... Continue Reading →

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