Godfried Donkor Ghana, b. 1964

Overview

Godfried Donkor is a British-Ghanaian mixed-media and multidisciplinary artist interested in the socio-historical relationships of Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Known for his collages utilising newspaper and gold leaf in a religious-like imagery, Donkor also has enlarged his practice to painting studying the relationship between slave trade and boxing in his exhibition with Gallery 1957 in 2021, London, UK. Godfried’s work for Denmark Hill station marks the artist’s first permanent public commission. He worked with a wide range of local partners - including, the Camberwell Identity Group, Network Rail, Govia Thameslink, Kings College Hospital and the Maudsley - to bring this new artwork to Camberwell.

His sculptures offer a new take on the traditional adinkra symbolism of Ghana. Like emojis, but created hundreds of years earlier, adinkras offer a short-hand – often humorous - representation of shared lessons, proverbs, and philosophies. They have the potential to encapsulate collective values and reflect on the health of our communities in these unprecedented times.

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Ebony Dakar Edition, 2003
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Biography

Born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1964, Donkor left at the age of eight, growing up mostly in England then living and studying in Spain from 1990-1992, 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.

 

He lives and works across London, UK and Accra, Ghana.

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