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Kimathi Donkor: Queens of the Undead

Kimathi Donkor’s dramatic large-scale paintings express pathos, wrath, devotion and irony. This exhibition includes a series of new commissions by the artist celebrating heroic black women from history, shown alongside selected earlier works.

Research texts written by curator/ writers David Dibosa (Chelsea College of Art & Design) and Carol Tulloch (University of the Arts) are displayed alongside the paintings, adding context and making reference to histories which might not be so apparent.

About the artist’s work

Kimathi Donkor’s work is constructed through extensive research both into history and the ideologically loaded genres of Western oil painting. The artist explores portraiture, narrative and art historical themes in his paintings, creating a body of work often conceived in dialogue with other artists from David and Velazquez, to Sargent and Bowling. This will be the first complete exhibition of painting to date at Rivington Place.

Thursday 13 September, 2012