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Kione Grandison is a multi-disciplinary artist based in London, with a strong cross-cultural practice that spans across various interests relating to identity, particularly her own identity as a person of mixed Jamaican heritage born and raised in London.


Working across different forms Grandison's work is interested in numerous subjects – from the Black beauty industry, Jamaican music and dancehall culture to traditional African adornment and tools of 'beautification', such as the hair comb.

Grandison’s practices marries visual art with ethnography to access a breadth of key interests, including references that trace back to ancient African and Egyptian symbolism. The Black hair and beauty industry is a significant subject of interest, allowing the artist entry points into contemporary and historic cultures and exposing practices that resonate with her own personal experiences. Jamaica and her family connection to the country provide another evident source of inspiration and common motifs in her work include lush green landscapes, references to dancehall and sound system culture, street art and music records.

Alongside her art practise, Grandison is a self-taught nail artist. Having developed her nail career working at WAH nails she is now a successful freelancer, working with brands, on editorial shoots and music videos. Grandison has always seen nail art as a creative and expressive outlet which can be directly linked to her artistic practice.


Similarly to hair, nail art is a popular tool for self-expression within diasporic African and Caribbean communities. Grandison is interested in how adornment practices have evolved through time and through the forced displacement of African people. Grandison sees her creative process as similar to the type of beautifying that happens within black beauty salon spaces.

Grandison's work is a process of self-exploration that she uses to interrogate the politics and beauty of visual symbols from past and present- day African and Caribbean cultures.

In the same year as graduating from Wimbledon College of Arts with a 1st BA in Fine Art, Grandison was one of the recipients of the Woon Foundation Art Prize in 2017. 



2014 - 2017

Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL) - BA Fine Art: Painting, 1st class honours


2012 -2014

Hampstead Fine Arts College, London


September 2023 - 'Portrait Of A Top Boy'- Group show

Somerset House Embankment Galleries, London

October Nov 2022 - solo showcase

Migration Museum, London

Sept 2019- ‘AKRA’- Collaborative show

Htown Studio, London


Aug 2019- ‘The Hair Appointment’- Group show

Peckham Palms, London


Feb 2019- ‘CWDT’- Group show

Five Miles, Tottenham, London


June 2017- ‘The Woon prize’- Group show

Baltic 39, Newcastle Upon Tyne


June 2017- Wimbledon BA degree show- Group show

Wimbledon College of Arts, London


March 2017- ‘108 Nails’- Group show

Copeland Gallery, Peckham, London




2023- The National Portrait Gallery- online

'Portrait Of A Top Boy' online exhibition showcase

2022- Vogue, Nicholas Daley- online

Look book featuring artworks I made for Nicholas Daley SS22 Calypso collection


2022- Vogue, The Elder Statesman- online

Look book featuring artworks I made for The Elder Statesman fall 22'



2021- Why Now- online video interview

video interview about my work and influences

2020- It's Nice That- online

Interview about my work

2019- All the Pretty Birds- online

Article and interview about my work and inspiration

2019- Elle magazine- online



2018  -Infringe magazine-In print

A collage used to illustrate a panel discussion titled ‘The art and politics of Black hair’


2018- Klass of K Swiss zine- In print

Interview about my Brixton mural project and influences


March 2018- Hairs How Russia magazine- In print

Interview about my work and influences


Aug 2017- Infringe magazine- online

Interview about my work (


Jan 2017- The Fader- online



Oct 2016- online

Interview about myself and my work 


July 2016- True Africa online- online

Interview about my work and influences ( black-barbershops-to-wangechi-mutu/)


June 2016- Born n Bred zine Issue 3- In print

Feature and interview about my work





2017 Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture prize- (Awarded 3rd place prize)





Work in ownership of several private collections

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