Colour Blind: Leondre Ansah

Colour Blind is an exhibition displayed in the window of ‘Resort Studios’. An exploration of the questions ‘If you don’t see the colour of my skin, how can you see me?’ If you don’t see a person’s colour then how do you see the struggles that black and brown people have been through?

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What is your practice?

Im young (18 years old) and still finding my artistic practise, but my voice is important and my expression is exciting. I am a half Ghanaian, half English working class boy who has been brought up by my brilliant mum in a council house. I draw from my experiences and cultural surroundings to shape my work and enjoy using surreal, colourful, overlapping visuals that apply multiple emotional realities to the pieces I make. I have been commissioned to make a Christening invitation, a boxing club advertisement and my proudest artwork to date is the design and illustration of a poster for a Theatre piece at Southwark Playhouse in London. This would be my first professional exhibition and a breakthrough into what can sometimes feel like an inaccessible art world.

What drew you to this artform?

What drew me to this artform is that I have always loved the computers or technology in general and have always loved drawing. So when I learnt how to combined them a few years ago I was fascinated with what you could do and produce.

Who is your art hero?

My art hero is called bosslogic who you can find on instagam whose work puts me in awe and blows my mind how he cleverly crosses multiple concepts of themes together that are not directly linked but work so well together. 

As restrictions are lifting where will you be heading to first in Margate?

The first place I will be heading to will be the Turner Contemporary to visit the People Dem Collective’s exhibition about the Black Lives Matter march.

Tell us a bit about this place

The Turner Contemporary is a prestigious art gallery on the seafront in Margate.

What do you see the artists role being in the overall effort to dismantle systemic racism?

As artists we have the ability to hold a mirror up to society and encourage positive discussion around difficult realities such as systemic racism.