Contemporary African Art Exhibition Series


 “I am a visual artist living and working in London
My practice is heavily based on research. I am influenced by historical fact or fiction and I use multi-mediums to produce my work. Previous works include Lord Byron's Drawing Room' installation and the 'Browning Madonna' series. I am currently working on an ongoing series simply entitled 'Financial Times,’ which uses the newspaper as a starting point.”

Godfried Donkor was born 1964 in Kumasi, Ghana and has been living and working in London since 1972. He studied Fine Art and Art History at St Martins College of Art, and the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1995. He studied Painting, as a Postgraduate student, at Escolla Massana, Barcelona.

Donkor is an internationally renowned artist; he works primarily with paint, mixed-media collages, and printmaking, and has recently started using video. His dominant theme is the iconography of mass media. Mixing styles and imagery from the conflicting sides of the political and cultural divides, he examines creolization: integration and race as a creative force.

Some of his images depict boxers, scantily dressed black women or iconic athletes, lifted from the worlds of fashion and advertising or from pornographic magazines. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, both in the United States and in Europe, and was Ghana's representative to the 2001 Venice Biennale. Donkor's work is in the collection of the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute.



Once upon a time
 there was lace, Wollaton Hall, Nottingham   2008
Financial Times, Gorre Festival, Gorre Island, Senegal   2007
Abolition 07, Hackney Museum, London   2007
The Sable Venus and the Black Madonna, Gallerie 23, Amsterdam , Holland   2006
Jamestown Masquerade, Walsh metal works,St Croix, USVI   2005
Gallery Pascal Polar ( Brussels)   2004
Financial Times, Ecole Regionale des beaux Artes, Nantes, France   2004
The Fancy, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London,   2003
Godfried Donkor, Recent works, The Scene Gallery, NY, USA   2002
Godfried Donkor, Albrecht Durer Kunstverein, Nuremberg, Germany   2001
Whose Africa, Horniman Museum, London   2000
Wrestling and Mysticism, Dak'Art 2000, Dakar, Senegal   2000
Slave to Champ, E M A C A, Nottingham   1999
School of Oriental and African Studies, London University   1994


Financial Times Mudhut, The Big Chill festival, Heredfordshire   2007
Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery, The Whitworth Art Gallery,   2007-2008
AFRICA SELECT, ARTCO Gallery, Herzogenrath, Germany   2007
TransCape, Cape Town, South Africa,   2007
L’Homme est un mystere, Musee d’Art et d’Histoire,ST Brieuc , France   2006
Rethinking Nordic Colonialism , NIFCA , Torshavn, Faroe Islands   2006
Collection of the Spanish Sports Council,Ses Voltes, Palma de Mallorca   2005
Pin Up, Tate Modern, London   2004
We Two Together: GHANA.NIGERIA: OLADAPO & GODFRIED DONKOR National Theatre, Accra, Ghana   2004
BIDA, biennale of sports and art, Salamanca, Spain   2003
1st Flag, Casino, Luxembourg   2003
Body Power/Power Play, Wurttenbergische Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany   2002
Populated, IASPIS Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden   2002
Authentic/Excentric, Venice Biennale, Italy   2001
Africa Today, the Artist and the City, Barcelona, Spain   2000
World Trade, Roebling Hall Gallery, NY, USA   2000
Big River-International artist's exhibition, Trinidad & Tobago   1999
Routes, Five artists, Brunei Gallery, London   1999
Cinco Continentes y uno Ciudad Salon exhibition, Mexico City, Mexico   1998
Dak' Art 98, Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal   1998


Arts Council of England, research and development   2004
'Prix de la Revelation' Dakar Biennale   1998


Spanish Sports Council Collection    
National Collection of Senegal    
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC    
World Bank collection    
Unilever Collection    
University of Helsinki    
National Gallery of Botswana    


Frieze Magazine    
N K A Journal of Contemporary art    
Third Text    
Apex art, in Flash Art Int,11Ð12/2001