508 King’s Road
29th May to 29th June 2019
PV: Wednesday 29 June – 6.30pm-8.30pm
Stephen Anthony Davids is a contemporary London artist who explores black identity and history through his reappropriation of objects brought to life through his colourful, humorous and strong graphic paintings, drawing and sculpture. By sourcing, repurposing and leasing new life into historic objects, such as Victorian ledger sheets, he creates artwork that spark an exciting dialogue, through which we are allowed glimpses into his brilliant and unique mind.
Stephen’s work explores subjects as diverse as slavery, gentrification and the Windrush scandal, through to ‘East End masculinity’, social mobility and the natural hair movement all against the ever-changing backdrop of his London home.
In his ‘Ledger’ series, Stephen toured the UK searching for Victorian ledgers, buying them at car boot sales and from old stately homes. On many of the works he uses humorous anecdotes that juxtapose white middle class Britain and traditional black cultures.
Stephen’s artistic influences include Jean Michel-Basquiat, Keith Haring and David Shrigley.
For this exhibition Stephen and the 508 Gallery have come together to showcase his work on the Kings Road for the very first time. Choosing to exhibit his work in South-West London is their tongue-in-cheek commentary on the gentrification of the area as well as a positive celebration of London’s mix of diverse communities.