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Can't Stop Our Flow - Celebrating Black Artistic Expression

Daley, Omofemi, Richardson, Otite, Lucktaylor

4 - 10 November 2020

#CantStopOurFlow – virtual art exhibition
celebrating Black lives gets physical

CasildART, a south London based art agency, has curated a virtual exhibition
#CantStopOurFlow that explores Black artistic expression and celebrates Black Lives. The
exhibition is to get physical this November when it moves to the J/M Gallery, Notting Hill,
London – just in time for Black History Month.
The virtual exhibition which is available to view now on the Kunstmatrix virtual platform
features eleven artists from the UK, Caribbean and Africa with over 40 artworks ranging from
ceramics to paper sculpture and fine art. #CantStopOurFlow engages with some key
questions of the moment: how do Black artists create work that emphasises cultural
production for and by Black people to imagine new possibilities? What aesthetic preferences
do Black artists draw on to inform their practices? And can the decorative arts have the
same political agency for Black people as other forms of artistic expressions, such as fine art
or Cinema?
#CantStopOurFlow explores themes of intimacy between Black men and women, the politics
of Afro hair, female empowerment, and the connection between art, healing, and self-
discovery. The physical exhibition at the J/M Gallery will give viewers the chance to see
some of the works in the flesh.
Curator, Sukai Eccleston of CasildART said, ‘I wanted to curate an exhibition that
showcases a range of artistic talents and gives the artists (as well as the viewer) space to
redefine and reframe the narrative about how Black art is seen - which is not just for its
(political) function, but its beauty too’’.
Many of the artists are new or emerging and not yet household names, but the works
themselves are bold, exciting and a delicious feast for the eyes. The physical exhibition
focuses on the work of two artists: Oluwole Omofemi and Tony Daley. Omofemi is achieving
some attention outside of Nigeria where he lives. Early this year he had a solo exhibition at
the Mayfair Signature Gallery where his work was well received. #Can’tStopOurFlow
features three of Omofemi’s paintings from his Root series, imaginative portraits of women
with exaggerated Afro hairstyles. For Omofemi hair is a metaphor for freedom and power,
and is used as a potent symbol of identity.
Tony Daley, on the other hand, has a career that spans many decades in England. The
Jamaican born artist and graduate of Chelsea College of Art has exhibited widely and the
J/M Gallery will include several of his large scale colourful paintings. His work is often
compared with Frank Bowling, another Caribbean artist, and the English landscape painter
JMW Turner, and it’s no wonder as Daley’s paintings have an immersive quality that you just
want to step into.

Of his work Daley states: “As a painter/person living in the 'here and now' I am deeply
welded intellectually and creatively to the nature of existence itself. Of genesis through to
life, birth, death, and rebirth therefrom.”
The virtual exhibition is available to tour now on the Kunstmatrix platform and the physical exhibition opens at the J/M Gallery, 230 Portobello
Road, London W11 1LJ on 4 th November and runs until 10 th November 2020.
Notes to the Editor
CasildART is based in south London. The agency is owned by Sukai Eccleston and
specialises in promoting and exhibiting the work of Black/African artists and African inspired
For more information, please contact Sukai Eccleston
#CanStopOurFlow - The virtual exhibition features the work of British artists: Catherine
Lucktaylor, Onome Otite, Garfield of London, Dionne Cole, Francilla Seaton and Dada Disu
Nigerian artists: Oluwole Omofemi, Samson Toba, Bola Obatuyi and Folrry
Caribbean artist: Yermine Richardson
#CantStopOurFlow, J/M Gallery runs from 4-10 th November 2020
It features the work of Tony Daley, Oluwole Omofemi, Catherine Lucktaylor, Onome Otite
and Congolese artist Christian Kakesse
Tony Daley
Tony Daley’s Artist Bio can be found
Oluwole Omofemi
Oluwole Omofemi’s artist bio can be found here

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