KEVIN DALTON-JOHNSON©

International
Artist Curator

kevin.daltonjohnson4@gmail.com

Griot

About the Artist

Issues of identity are crucial to understanding today’s society and more specifically to Kevin’s work as a African Diaspora British/Jamaican visual artist born in the United Kingdom. Like many others he experiences a great sense of displacement from living with the affects of limited and fragmented information about their culture and heritage. 

The highly emotive and powerful ceramic busts he creates are cathartic and provide a spiritual  connection with his ancestors. They explore issues of identity, displacement and decolonisation, to confront a society still deeply 
rooted in the politics and ideals of a colonel past. They are informed by personal experiences and post graduate research at The University of Manchester. He is a commissional public artist who created the successful permanent sculpture 'Captured Africans,' the first British memorial sculpture by a quayside to memorialise enslaved Africans in the UK. 

Kevin has engaged in international residency programmes with IFAA (International Arts in Arnhem), Tolhuistuin Cultural Arts Centre (funded by Fonz BKVB), to name a few. He has presented at academic conferences, was part of the first Contemporary African art in Dubai as part of a group exhibition and numerous major galleries both national and international. 

Presently Kevin is a Rastafarian engaged in doctoral research at Manchester Metropolitan University and is creating new powerful through provoking artworks in his studio space in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, UK. 


Photography by Sebastian Holzhuber
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