Kevin Dalton Johnson England

Title of installation: Kevin’s world

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 his culture and heritage.

The highly emotive and powerful ceramic busts he creates are cathartic and provide a spiritual connection with his African ancestors. They explore issues of identity, displacement and de-colonization of the mind and confront an art world deeply rooted in the politics and ideals of a colonial past and challenge this existing structure through interrogation and representation. They are informed by personal experience and post graduate research at The University of Manchester.

He is a commissioned artist who has created the successful permanent sculpture ‘Captured Africans,’ the first memorial public sculpture to memorialize enslaved Africans. Kevin has also engaged in international residency programs with IFAA (International Festival Arts Arnhem), Tolhuistuin (Funded by Fonz BKVB), to name a few. He has also had solo and group exhibitions at numerous major galleries both national and international (which were well received) and has works in public and private collections.