Donkor, Kimathi
Born in 1965 in Bournemouth, UK. Lives and works in London, UK
Kimathi Donkor reimagines legendary and contemporary encounters across Africa and its global diasporas through painting, assemblage, video, and performance. Donkor’s paintings – rendered in a realist style – narrate representations of identity and community through a melding of Renaissance techniques and art historical, mythological, and contemporary visual culture. These large works enmesh the personal and the political with appearances by famed figures like Toussaint L'Ouverture and Harriet Tubman, alongside victims of police brutality and members of Donkor’s family. Of Ghanaian, Anglo-Jewish, and Jamaican heritage, Donkor grew up in England and Zambia. He recently gained a PhD from Chelsea College of Arts (2016), and previously studied at Camberwell College of Arts and Goldsmiths College, London. Selected solo exhibitions include Some Clarity of Vision, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg (2015). More recently, Donkor was included in Untitled: Art on the Conditions of Our Time, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2017), a major survey exhibition of British African diaspora artists “outside of the usual framing".
Kimathi Donkor, Jean Charles de Menezes Borne Aloft by Joy, Gardner and Stephen Lawrence, 2010, Oil on canvas, 190 x 100 cm / 75 x 39 in, Courtesy the artist and Ed Cross Fine Art