Kione Grandison is a multi-disciplinary artist based in West London, UK. Her practise is strongly informed by her Jamaican German British identity as a person of mixed heritage who grew up in London.

 

Through her work Grandison explores ideas of identity, the black beauty industry and the significance of hair within it. Hair being a hugely political and culturally significant element of black identity, this exploration into African hair styling through her mixed media work, began as a self-exploration. A way of connecting with her own ‘roots’ and understanding her hairs importance. Especially in a time of ‘Cultural appropriation’ she feels that it is necessary for diasporic youth to understand how much power and history their hair holds.

Alongside her fine art practise Grandison is a self-taught nail artist. Having developed her nail career working at renowned nail bar WAH nails she is now a successful freelancer, having worked on editorial shoots and music videos with artists such as Ray BLK, Lion Babe and Lady Leshurr and with brands such as Nike. 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. She uses beauty imagery from both past and present to weave together these interests through her paintings, mixed- media collage, sculpture and hand-painted clothing pieces. Through her cutting and pasting together of references, Grandison sees her creative process as similar to the type of beautifying that happens within black beauty salon spaces. Her time spent sitting all day in Port Antonio Jamaica hair salon’s having her hair braided, Jamaican street art, as well as her time spent in Nigeria and Accra Ghana, and seeing traditional barbershop imagery first hand, have also had great influence.  

In the same year as graduating from Wimbledon College of Arts with a BA in Fine Art, Grandison was one of the recipients of the Woon Foundation Art Prize in 2017. She has since been commissioned for public artworks across Europe and the Caribbean, with mural works in Paris, Jamaica and London.

 

EDUCATION

2014 - 2017

Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL) - BA Fine Art: Painting

 

2012 -2014

Hampstead Fine Arts College, London

EXHIBITIONS

 

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

 

 

COMMISSIONS

 

July 2019- Nataal magazine- COLLAGED HAIR STORY collaborative editorial commission- Collaged and creative directed ‘When Dry Style as Required’ editorial

 

Feb 2019- Mixpaak Records- SINGLE COVER artwork commission

Single cover artwork for Afro B, Vybz Kartel and Dre Skulls ‘Shape Nice’ single

 

Aug 2018- Yeezy- PUBLIC ARTWORK commission

Two public artworks painted for the launch of new Yeezy collection. Yvette’s bar, Delroy’s Barbershop, Port Antonio, Jamaica

 

June 2018- Savage- HEADPIECE commission

Created headpieces to be worn  in Rihanna’s ‘Savage’ underwear campaign

 

June 2018- My 2cents- PUBLIC ARTWORK commission

Table triptych painted for the restaurant, Pico blvd, Los Angeles

 

Jan 2018- Man About Town magazine 10th anniversary edition- WEARABLE ART commission- Painted wearable pieces commissioned for editorial shoot

 

Nov 2017- K Swiss- PUBLIC ARTWORK commission

Mural on exterior of music recording studio, Buzwaak records, Ferndale rd Brixton

 

Apr 2017- Jah Jah Le Tricycle- PUBLIC ARTWORK commission

Mural painted inside of restaurant, Paris, France

 

March 2017- Fades n Blades

Painting commissions to be hung on barbershop wall, London

 

July 2016- Yvette’s Bar- PUBLIC ARTWORK commission

Painted exterior of bar, Port Antonio, Jamaica

 

Nov 2014- Pum Pum socks- FLYER

Designed the brands launch invite artwork, London

 

Sept 2014- Stella McCartney- LIVE PAINTING at event

One of five artists chosen to live paint the ‘green carpet collection’ during a VIP event, London

 

 

PRESS

 

Sept 2019- All the Pretty Birds- ONLINE PUBLICATION

Article and interview about my work and inspiration (https://www.alltheprettybirds.com/meeting-kione-grandison/)

 

Sept 2019- Elle magazine- ONLINE PUBLICATION

(https://www.elle.com/uk/beauty/hair/g28717567/artists-celebrating-power-of-black-hair/)

Dec 2018-Infringe magazine- IN PRINT

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

 

Nov 2018- Klass of K Swiss zine- IN PRINT

Three page spread interview about my Brixton mural project and influences

 

March 2018- Hairs How Russia magazine- IN PRINT

Three page spread interview about my work and influences

 

Aug 2017- Infringe magazine online- ONLINE PUBLICATION

Interview about my work (https://www.infringe.com/kione-grandison/)

 

Jan 2017- The Fader online- ONLINE PUBLICATION

(http://www.thefader.com/2017/01/31/instagram-braiders-hair-shani-crowe-nikki-nelms)

 

Oct 2016- ThandieKay.com- ONLINE PUBLICATION

Interview about myself and my work (http://thandiekay.com/2016/10/21/oyin-akande-talks-young- artist-kione-grandison)

 

July 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 2016- Born n Bred zine Issue 3- IN PRINT

Feature and interview about my work

 

 

PRIZES

 

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

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Work in ownership of several private collections

 
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