Mikela Henry Lowe celebrates the beauty of Black Women in her vibrant portraits. The aim of her work is to deconstruct negative stereotypes of Black women in the media by using bright, fragmentary colours and geometric patterns such as in the appropriately titled Radiance, oil on canvas. The careful layering of warm colours, hopeful facial expressions and the relaxed body language of her subjects results in portraits which simultaneously highlight the strength and affectionate nature of Black women.
Alternatively, the work of mix-media artist Kione Grandison’s is also informed by Black culture, especially the Black beauty industry. Figurative collage creations such as ’Mama Hair Salon’, made using paper, acrylic paint, ink and crystals on wood, draw on African barber signs, Black hair magazine imagery as well as cultural symbolism inspired by her dual heritage. Her Jamaican-German-British background plays a major role in her work; Kione often combines aesthetic elements drawn from each of these identities.