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Jon Daniel exhibit hits Brixton

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AWARD-WINNING designer and graphic artist Jon Daniel was one of the most prominent black creatives of his generation and a pivotal player in capturing the essence of black British struggle and empowerment through his art.

His work, which spans over two decades, is being celebrated in a new exhibition running until October 19 at the 198 Gallery of Contemporary Arts & Learning in Brixton.

As the first retrospective since Daniel’s death in 2017, the exhibit offers the opportunity to view previously unseen work reproduced on a large scale and includes many of the celebrated artist’s most important designs and the profound messages threaded throughout them.

Speaking on the exhibition and her relationship with Daniel, curator Lorayne Crawford said: “I met Jon Daniel at the beginning of my own project - The Influence Project- four years ago. He helped to connect and introduce me to George Clinton, who we shot for the Influence Project and we became friends from there.

“Shortly after the Somerset House opening night in June, Jane Daniel (Jon’s wife) called me to say that the Brixton Design Trail wanted to feature Jon’s work in a retrospective at the 198, and asked if I could curate and design the exhibition. I felt very humbled to have been asked and quite overwhelmed as I just wanted to do the best job possible for his family.”

Crawford worked closely with Jane Daniel to ensure that much of the established artist’s work was included in the exhibit. Since its unveiling, it's received positive feedback from both Jon’s family, friends and visitors. “Thankfully Jon's family and friends love the exhibition! and the feedback from visitors has all been incredibly positive so far. I got an email from the 198 today to say that the exhibition has been really busy and the programming also well attended,” says Crawford.

Jon Daniel’s 28 year career encompassed all facets of creativity and design as an independent creative director, artist, curator, writer and activist. He crafted powerful campaigns for Operation Black Vote and Black History Month, and created brand identities for many organisations including the Black Cultural Archives, ICF’s Diaspora Pavilion and the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Windrush for 2018.

Jon Daniel was a true visionary and created work that brought people together to challenge thinking and misconceptions of all that was important to him. His art always reflected his world view which was compassionate, committed, and inseparable from social and political developments.

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