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Kione Grandison is a London-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a strong cross-cultural practice that spans across various interests, influenced by her Jamaican, German and British heritage

 

Working across different forms and media, Grandison produces paintings, mixed-media collages, sculpture, hand- painted clothing and nail art. Her 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 mythology and symbolism. The Black hair and beauty industry is a significant subject, allowing the artist entry points into contemporary and historic cultures and exposing practices that resonate with her own personal experiences. Jamaica and her family connections 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 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. Grandison sees her creative process as similar to the type of beautifying that happens within black beauty salon spaces.

As an artist, 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 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

 

 

PRESS

 

2019- All the Pretty Birds- ONLINE PUBLICATION

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

 

2019- Elle magazine- ONLINE PUBLICATION

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

 

2018  -Infringe magazine- IN PRINT

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

 

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 prize)

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Work in ownership of several private collections