Kimathi Donkor


Kimathi Donkor, is a British artist living and working in London. His large, figurative oil paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and across the UK. He uses portraiture and history painting to represent dramatic modern themes – with subjects ranging from urban conflict in London to the adventures of Ghana’s anti-colonial heroine, Yaa Asantewaa. Writing about his work can be found in journals and books including Black Artists in British Art: a History Since the 1950s (Chambers, 2014).

Donkor’s solo exhibitions include ‘Some Clarity of Vision’ at Gallery MOMO (Johannesburg, 2015), ‘Queens of the Undead’ at Iniva (London, 2012) and ‘Fall/Uprising’ at the Bettie Morton Gallery, (London, 2005). Group exhibitions include ‘They Came From Outer Space’ at the Goethe Institute (Johannesburg, 2015) and the 29th São Paulo Biennial (Brazil, 2010). He is the recipient of awards, residencies and commissions including the 2011 Derek Hill Painting Scholarship for The British School at Rome.

Dr Donkor holds a PhD from Chelsea College of Arts for his thesis ‘Africana Unmasked’, as well as an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Arts and a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at the University of the Arts London and Middlesex University.

Work by Kimathi Donkor is held in private and public collections internationally and in the UK, including at The Wolverhampton Art Gallery. He is represented by Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg, by Omenka Gallery in Lagos and by Ed Cross Fine Art in London.

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