If you make your way down to Vyner Street this month, be sure not to miss this – Fred [London] presents a new selection of paintings by Ghanaian-born, UK-based artist Godfried Donkor.
Donkor’s longstanding interests in the social levelling achieved through some sporting cultures (especially boxing) and the world of glamour, from the 18th century onwards, are clearly apparent in works featuring scantily-clad seductresses and interestingly-clad pugilists (the mustard-coloured breeches, in particular, caught my attention). The title of the exhibition is apparently a reference to Lord Byron’s favourite boxing and betting hang-out in London.
The show continues until 14th November.
Weds-Sun, 12-6, or by appointment
Fred [London] Ltd
45 Vyner Street, London
P.S. This is just the latest in a string of interesting shows at Fred [London] featuring work by artists from Africa and/or the African diaspora. You can find out about a previous show here, and the gallery’s approach here; and here‘s another opportunity to see some of this work, albeit in the slightly bizarre surroundings of the Clifford Chance headquarters at Canary Wharf. Great to see, and I’ll be keeping an eye on Fred in the future.