Godfried Donkor Ghana, b. 1964
Godfried Donkor is a British-Ghanaian mixed-media artist interested in the socio-historical relationships of Africa and Europe.
Born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1964, Donkor left at the age of eight, growing up between Spain and England before completing a BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London and an MA in African Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.
Donkor’s work is included in international collections such as: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Smithsonian Museum of African Art - Washington D.C; Studio Museum, Harlem; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Spanish Sports Council Collection; National Collection of Senegal; University of Helsinki; and National Gallery of Botswana.
Selected group and solo exhibitions include: David Adjaye: Making Memory, Design Museum, London (2019);The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, Gallery 1957, Accra (2017); Afriques Capitales, Parc de la Villiette, Paris (2017); and Still the Barbarians, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2016).
He lives and works across London, UK and Accra, Ghana.
Godfried Donkor-A Collection of Works on PaperLondon 1 - 30 Jul 2021Godfried Donkor is a British-Ghanaian mixed-media artist interested in the socio-historical relationships of Africa and Europe. Born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1964, Donkor left at the age of eight, growing...
Joana Choumali & Godfried Donkor10 Jan - 15 Feb 2020Joana Choumali, born in 1974, is visual artist/photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She studied graphic arts in Casablanca (Morocco) and worked as an art director in an advertising agency...
Group ShowAccra, Gallery I 17 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020SERGE ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY, GIDEON APPAH, THAMEUR MEJRI, RAPHAEL ADJETEY ADJEI
Godfried Donkor Battle Royale-The Last Man Standing - Part I24 Aug - 5 Oct 2019This August, Gallery 1957, Accra presents a solo exhibition from British-Ghanaian mixed-media artist Godfried Donkor, following a seven month residency with the gallery. Showing completely new works, the exhibition marks...
Godfried Donkor-The First Day of the Yam Custom 1817Accra, Gallery I 22 Aug - 30 Oct 2017“The dinosaur can be best understood as the totem animal of modern culture, a creature that unites modern science with mass culture, empirical knowledge with collective fantasy, rational methods with...
Born 1964, Kumasi, Ghana
Lives and works in London, UK
Solo Exhibitions (selected):
Working title: Battle Royale: Last Man Standing, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana, 24 August - 5 October
The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, curated by Koyo Kouoh, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana
People of Utopia, Artco gallery, London
The fives court, Fred Gallery, London
The Olympians and Muses, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Story of a London township, Space, London, UK
State of the Union, T1 + 2 Gallery, London, UK
Once upon a time in the west, there was lace, Wollaton Hall Nottingham, UK
Financial Times, Gorre Festival, Gorre Island, Senegal
Abolition 07, Hackney Museum, London , UK
The Sable Venus and the Black Madonna, Gallerie 23, Amsterdam, Holland
Jamestown Masquerade, Walsh metal works, St Croix, USVI
Concerto in light and Darkness no 1, National Museum, Ghana
Godfried Donkor, Pascal Polar Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Financial Times, Ecole Regionale des beaux Artes, Nantes, France
The Fancy, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK
Godfried Donkor, Recent works, The Scene Gallery, NY, USA
Godfried Donkor, Albrecht Durer Kunstverein, Nuremberg, Germany
Handel and Hogarth at Vauxhall pleasure gardens, St Peters Church, London, UK
Artists in Residence exhibition, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden
Whose Africa, Horniman Museum, London, UK
Wrestling and Mysticism, Dak'Art 2000, Dakar, Senegal
Slave to Champ, E M A C A, Nottingham, UK
Group Exhibitions (selected):
David Adjaye: Making Memory, Design Museum, London, UK
African Metropolis: An Imaginary City, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
Afriques Capitales, Parc de la Villiette, Paris, France
Still the Barbarians, EVA International Ireland's Biennial, Limerick, Ireland
Streamlines, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Conversations: African and African American artworks in Dialogue, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA
Speaking of people, Ebony, Jet and contemporary Art, Studio Museum, Harlem, USA
How far how near, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
Hollandaise, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal
Cologne Paper Art, Cologne, Germany
Aus Afrika,Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie. Essen, Germany
Hollandaise, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Holland
Black Germany, Haus de Kunst, Munich, Germany
Boxe, Fondation Blachere, Apt, France
Moving into space: Football and Art in West Africa, National Museum of Football, Manchester, UK
Gold, Museum Belvedere, Austria
28 days: Reimagining black history month, J M .Barnicke gallery/Georgia Scherman projects, Toronto, Canada
Interpretations of Africa, football and design, Design Museum, UK
Alias, Krakaw Photomonth, Krakaw, Poland
Art on Poetry, Saison Poetry Library, South Bank, London, UK
'as it is ', Africa Applauded, Mojo Gallery, Dubai
III World festival of Black arts and Cultures, Dakar, Senegal
Space and Currencies, Museum of Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Landfall, Docklands Museum, London, UK
Trade Winds, Docklands Museum, London, UK
Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery, The Whitworth Art Gallery, UK
Pin Up, Tate Modern, London, UK
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Studio Museum, Harlem
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Spanish Sports Council Collection
National Collection of Senegal
Smithsonian Museum of African Art - Washington D.C.
The World Bank Collection, Washington D.C
ArtOmi international artist collection
University of Helsinki
National Gallery of Botswana
1994 – 1995
School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
M. A. African Art History
1991 – 1992
Escolla Massana, c/ Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
Fine Art Painting Post Graduate Studies
1984 – 1989
Central St Martins College of Art, London, UK
B. A. Hons Fine Art
Godfried Donkor at Gallery 195728 Jun 2021On Saturday 19 August, Gallery 1957 will be hosting the opening reception of Godfried Donkor’s solo show at the gallery: 'The First Day of the...
Gallery 1957 opens a second space in Accra28 Jun 2021A year after launching, the gallery’s expansion will allow the gallery to commission larger site-specific projects enabling their growing roster of West African artists to...
Godfried Donkor in conversation with Koyo Kouoh at Gallery 195728 Jun 2021On Friday 27 October, Gallery 1957 will be hosting a conversation between exhibiting artist Godfried Donkor and curator Koyo Kouoh. Donkor and Kouoh will be...
Godfried Donkor in the Evening Standard28 Jun 2021Godfried Donkor was featured on the cover of London's Evening Standard on Tuesday the 14th of August, 2018. In this interview, the artist talks about...
Godfried Donkor at the Design Museum, London28 Jun 2021Godfried Donkor’s work ‘An Accra Fetish Hymn’ (2017) is displayed as part of the blockbuster exhibition David Adjaye: Making Memory, at the Design Museum, London;...
Godfried Donkor and Joana Choumali at Gallery 195728 Jun 2021This weekend British-Ghanaian artist Godfried Donkor’s solo exhibition Battle Royale: Last Man Standing - Part 1 opens at Gallery 1957. Created over the artist’s seven-month...
Godfried Donkor and Joana Choumali show with Gallery 1957 at 1-54, London, 3-6 October25 Jun 2021Gallery 1957 participates for a fourth year running at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held at Somerset House in London, from 3 - 6 October....
Godfried Donkor in the Good Sport Magazine25 Jun 2021This month Godfried Donkor is featured in Good Sport Magazine's issue 04. Talking about his life and work, Donkor particularly discusses the history of pugilism...