Donald Rodney (b. 1961, Birmingham, UK, d. 1998). Solo and retrospective exhibitions include South London Gallery, London, UK (1997); Iniva, London, UK (2008) and Vivid Projects, Birmingham, UK (2016). His work was included in the British Art Show 5 at the Hayward Gallery, London, UK (1999) and later exhibited at the Jerwood Gallery, London, UK (2000). His sketchbooks and papers entered the Tate Archive in 2003.
Donald Rodney is considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. He was part of the BLK Art Group together with Keith Piper, Eddie Chambers, Marlene Smith and Claudette Johnson. His work was influenced and nurtured by the mass media, art and popular culture and re-examined social and historical narratives from a black perspective, exploring issues associated with history, representation, masculinity and racism. Affected by sickle cell anaemia, a sickness that ultimately caused his demise in 1998, Rodney became interested in the idea of utilising his disease as a metaphor for illustrating the effect of racism on society and of the ramifications of Britain’s colonial history.