ABOUT

Yvadney Davis Black British Caribbean Artist in her studio

I'm Yvadney Davis, I studied Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins and I live in South London, where I work from my home studio.

My art practise is centred on nostalgia, lineage and belonging.  It is a love letter to my British Caribbean heritage, as a granddaughter of the Windrush Generation, using figurative portraiture to delve into memories, folklore and the intricate question of identity and belonging as a second generation immigrant. My subjects are loved ones, sometimes myself and everyday members of my community; they are also characters from folk stories and songs my ancestors passed down through the generations.

All of my artwork focuses on the surface. This combines my use of thick, rhythmic paint strokes with the distinctively rich textures and patterns of vintage mid-century wallpaper. This not only honours the iconic aesthetic of Windrush interiors but also connects the past with the present in a dialogue of displacement and home

EXHIBITIONS:

  • '100 Black Women Who Have Made a Mark' Serendipity Institute at Leicester Gallery Opening October 2024
  • 'Together We Thrive' Sotheby's Institute x Cultural Leaders at Gallery OCA, Cromwell Place 2024
  • 'Gather Around the Story Tree' Plurality Now at 198 Gallery 2023
  • 'Proverbs of the Windrush Child' Black Cultural Archives 2023
  • 'Sounds & Stories of the Windrush' Peckham Levels 2023
  • 'Where Are You From From?'  University of Canterbury 2023
  • 'Black & Bold' M&C Saatchi x Harrods 2022
  • 'ING Discerning Eye'  Mall Galleries 2022
  • 'Some of Us Are Brave' Casild Art 2022
  • 'The Marks We Make' The Curator's Salon 2021
  • 'Presentations: A Celebration of Black Art' Hammersmith BID 2021
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PRIZES & SHORTLISTS:

  • John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition Shortlist 2023
  • Art United Painting Prize 1st place winner -  2022
  • ING Discerning Eye Shortlist 2022
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Shortlist 2022
  • Wavertree Art Prize Shortlist 2022
COLLABORATIONS:
  • Black British Art x Wilkie Farr & Gallagher Private Exhibition 2023
  • Road Chef Black History Month 2022
  • Casild Art x Harbottle & Lewis Private Exhibition 2022