Roy Ferdinand: Rock Stars & Strawberries, New Orleans 1990 - 2004

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Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm

21 Cork Street, W1S 3LZ, London, UK
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm


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Roy Ferdinand: Rock Stars & Strawberries, New Orleans 1990 - 2004

to Fri 30 Sep 2022

Artist: Roy Ferdinand

21 Cork Street, W1S 3LZ Roy Ferdinand: Rock Stars & Strawberries, New Orleans 1990 - 2004

Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm


This September, The Mayor Gallery presents ’Rock Stars & Strawberries’ (title inspired by the artist’s slang terms for the characters he depicted) which is the first London solo exhibition of the self-taught New Orleans artist Roy Ferdinand (1959 – 2004). A selection of 18 works from 1990 – 2004 is exhibited.

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Working from the late 1980s to the early 2000s Ferdinand bore witness to gun violence, drugs, prostitution and police corruption to a soundtrack of Jazz and Rap music during a troubled period when New Orleans was then the murder rate capital of the United States. Using everyday materials such as marker pens and paper from his local convenience store, Ferdinand captured violence and despair alongside the humour and emotion of the African American neighbourhoods at this time.

Roy Ferdinand, Untitled, 1993, Watercolor, marker, crayon and graphite on paper, 55.9 x 71.1 cm, 22 x 28 inches


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