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Kione is a fine artist based in London. She graduated from Wimbledon College of Arts with a BA in Fine Art painting in 2017. Her Jamaican/ German/ British background informs her work strongly as a person of dual heritage who grew up in London. Throughout her art practice she explores ideas of identity, the black beauty industry and the significance of hair within it.

 

She works with predominantly painting, mixed media collage, and sculpture.

 

Alongside her art practice, she is a freelance nail artist and has worked on 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 of her hand painted garments have since been featured in the 'Art Issue' of Suitcase magazine and on Shura’s ‘Nothing’s Real’ album cover and now also takes commissions for painted clothing.

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

 

April 2016- ‘Highlights’- Group show

Michael Wray hair salon, London

 

June 2015- Wimbledon BA Year 1 show- Group show

Wimbledon College of arts, 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

 

2017 UAL collection

 

2015 Taittinger collection