DRAW event with Kimathi Donkor

DRAW: Kimanthi Donkor

16 May 2018
6.30pm to 7:45pm

The Billiards Room,
Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street

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This DRAW event welcomes Dr. Kimathi Donkor in his new role as MA Drawing Course Leader who will present on his practice and his thoughts on drawing – in conversation with Tania Kovats.

Kimathi Donkor has established an international reputation for his work that powerfully appropriates from the European cannon. Described by Coline Milliard in ARTINFO as ‘an enthusiastic cultural sampler. His large-scale figurative paintings are genuine cornucopias of interwoven reference: to Western art, social and political events, and to the artist’s own biography. But all share a common goal: the celebration and exposure of lesser-known, or shady, aspects of ancient and contemporary history, from great female leaders of Africa and the African diaspora to the harrowing “mistakes” of the Metropolitan Police.’

Donkor’s command of image-making has a political content blended with subtle drawn narratives and elements from his own life. ‘More recently drawings from his ‘notebook’ series have become more prominent in his practice.’ Donkor’s Doctorial study addressed a radical reconsidering of how art is interpreted in both institutional and education contexts. His practice includes his role as an educator, having held posts at various London art schools including the BA Drawing course at Camberwell.

Donkor’s work has most recently been seen at ‘The Diaspora Pavilion’ in Venice; ‘Untitled: Art on the Conditions of Our Time at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham’, ‘Ink and Blood: Stories of Abolition’, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool; and was part of ‘A History of Drawing’ at Camberwell Space this January.


This DRAW event is marks the end of Tania Kovats’ five year tenure as MA Drawing Course Leader, and the end over twenty years of working at Wimbledon, UAL (including the occasional break to have a baby, travel South America, live in California, write books, and make her own work).

Tania Kovats has been appointed Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University and where she will continue to develop her role as a generator and contributor to the community of practice around drawing.

Please join us at the pub nearby, The Morpeth Arms after the event for ‘Welcome’ and ‘Farewell’ drinks.

Image credit: Kimathi Donkor “For Moses Had Married An Ethiopian Woman—Numbers 12:1” (2015)