Curriculum Vitae

Born Kenness George Kelly, Kingston Jamaica, 1943, I exhibit my work under the name Fowokan (a Yoruba word meaning: One who creates with the hand). I am mainly self-taught and have been a practising sculptor working in the figurative tradition since the late 1970s. Recently however I’ve been experimenting with the digital camera and computer producing digital images based on my sculptures.

Commissions

I was commissioned in1983 by The Greater London Council to produce three pieces for their Spring Festival, on the South Bank. In 1987 the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham commissioned me to produce two pieces for the Marcus Garvey Centenary celebrations; one was sited in a park named after Marcus Garvey, the other was placed on the building in which he lived. The African Peoples Historical Foundation commissioned me in 1988 to produce a piece for the front of their building in Brixton.

Other works were also commissioned by:

  • The Black Art Gallery, Finsbury Park,
  • The London Borough of Lewisham. 
  • My pieces are in collections such as The W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University
  • Unilever London
  • The National Portrait Gallery London, and private collections in various parts of the world.
  • I was commissioned to produce a bust of Jessica Huntley which is now in the London Metropolitan Archives.
  • I have produced two busts of Mary Seacole
  • I completed a bust in 2009 of the late Len Garrison, former chairman and founder of the Black Cultural Archives.
  • My current works are busts of Marcus Garvey in commemoration of his visit to London in 1912, and of Benjamin Zephaniah

Selected exhibitions


I have exhibited nationally and internationally since the early 1980s, including exhibitions such as:

  • Brixton Art Gallery inaugural exhibition 1982
  • Creation for Liberation’s inaugural exhibition Brixton 1983
  • Art in Exile at the Black Art Gallery 1984 New Horizons Festival Hall 1985 Three Dimensions
  • The Black Art Gallery 1987
  • The 1990 Cuban Biennial
  • Beyond My Grandfather’s Dreams at the Jamaican High Commission London 1994.
  • Transforming the Crown at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York 1997.
  • The Royal Academy of Art Summer Show London 1991, 1999-2005
  • Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition at The Gallery Cork St London 1999-2006
  • Inhuman Traffic: The Business of the Slave Trade, The British Museum London May 2007- May 2008
  • Hawkins &Co Liverpool March-May 2008
  • A Spiritual & Political Journey of an Artist May 2011, organised by Better than Good, London Southbank University
  • From Bronze to Gold 2011, group exhibition organised by Better than Good, Rich Mix London