Kione is a recent graduate from Wimbledon College of Arts with a BA in Fine Art painting. Throughout her art practice she explores ideas surrounding Black culture, the black beauty industry and the significance of hair within it. Inspired by hand painted African barber signs and Black hair magazine imagery, her mixed media work combines aesthetics of both. Her Jamaican/ German/ British background informs her work strongly as a person of dual heritage who grew up in London.
Alongside her art, she is also a freelance nail artist and has worked on various editorial shoots and music videos including Ray BLK's '50/50' and Skepta, D Double E and ASAP Nast's 'Ladies Hit Squad', which helped gain a loyal following due to her creative edge on fingernails as well on canvas. She sees nail art as a creative outlet which can be directly linked to her art work.
She began to paint onto clothing in late 2015 as a side project and some garments she hand painted have since been featured in the 'Art Issue' of Suitcase magazine and on Shura’s ‘Nothing’s Real’ album cover and now also takes regular commissions for painted clothing.
2014 – 2017 Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL)
BA Fine Art: Painting
2012 - 14 Hampstead Fine Arts College, London
June 30th- Aug 6th 2017- WOON FOUNDATION PAINTING AND SCULPTURE PRIZE- GROUP EXHIBITION, Baltic 39 Newcastle
June 2017- BA DEGREE SHOW- Wimbledon College of Arts
March 2017- 108 NAILS –GROUP EXHIBITION, Copeland Gallery, Peckham
April 2016 – HIGHLIGHTS – GROUP EXHIBITION, Michael Wray Hair Salon, SW19 3PZ (Co-Curated)
June 2015 – BA YEAR 1 – GROUP EXHIBITION, Wimbledon College of Art
April 2017 – “JAH JAH Le Tricycle” -Painting mural for restaurant, Paris, France
March 2017 – ‘Fades n Blades’, Painting commissioned to be hung on the wall of barbers salon
July 2016 – Bar Artwork – MURAL/PUBLIC ARTWORK, Drapers Portland, Jamaica. Painted the exterior of a bar
Nov 2014 – PumPum Socks – ARTWORK. Created artwork for the company’s launch. Designed
Sept 14th 2014 – Stella McCartney Green carpet challenge - ARTIST (life painting)
One of five artists chosen to paint one of the models wearing Stella McCartney’s eco collection live
during the VIP event.
August 3rd- Infringe magazine- ONLINE PUBLICATION (https://www.infringe.com/kione-grandison/)
Jan 31st 2017- The Fader online– ONLINE PUBLICATION (http://www.thefader.com/2017/01/31/instagram-braiders-hair-shani-crowe-nikki-nelms)
Oct 21st 2016 – ThandieKay.com –ONLINE PUBLICATION
Interview about myself and my work (http://thandiekay.com/2016/10/21/oyin-akande-talks-young-
July 15th 2016 – True Africa online –ONLINE PUBLICATION
Interview about my work and influences (http://trueafrica.co/article/this-artist-takes-inspo-from- black-barbershops-to-wangechi-mutu/)
June 30th 2016 - Born n Bred Issue 3- 'African Tales' - ZINE IN PRINT
Interview about my work
2017 Woon foundation painting and sculpture prize (3rd place)