Shannon Bono is a visual artist and Associate Lecturer at UAL. She is currently in residence at The Koppel Project.
Bono identifies as an Afrofemcentrist, a term that describes a consciousness that asserts race, sex and art as a way of living, in which black women are the subject depicted by a black woman. Her work features in I-Science, Elephant, Wallpaper, Bustle, i-D and Soho House. Exhibitions include Degree Show One: Central Saint Martin’s, Xhibit 2019: the Koppel Project Central Gallery, Sound, Gender, Feminism, and Activism: Tokyo, Come Together: Tate Exchange, Archiving the Feminist Experience: The Feminist Library, The State of Things: Copeland Gallery, The Colour of Pain: Imperial College London and Live Flesh: Sarabande.
Dr. Narbi Price is a multiple award-winning painter, curator and lecturer.
He was the Journal Culture Awards Visual Artist of the Year 2018, and the winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017. He is featured in Phaidon's 'Vitamin P3 - New Perspectives in Painting' and was a prizewinner in the John Moores Painting Prize 2012. His work is in public and private collections worldwide.
He is a trustee of the Ashington Group Collection, and a member of the Newcastle Arts Centre Trust.
Photograph by Christopher Owens.
Qi Fang Colbert
Issues 9, 11 & 13
Qi Fang Colbert is a Chinese artist and illustrator who lives in County Durham with her husband. In 2019 she completed a practice-led PhD research in Fine art at Newcastle University.
Her works encompass drawing, illustration, animation, and
installation. With a strong sense of social and cultural critic, her works explore the conflicts between individuals and society, in particular around the dramatic social changes and cultural dislocations in modern day China.
An illustrator, printmaker and poet, Crosby illustrates poems as comics. She is involved in the organisation of Laydeez do Comics and runs the Leeds branch.
She illustrated the cover of Ian Humphreys’ book Zebra, Nine Arches Press (2019). Other images from her work have been used for several poetry journals. She is published in Dragons of the Prime: Poems about Dinosaurs, Emma Press (2019)
Mark Bletcher's work depicts subjects of contemporary life but approaches representation from an expanded view of perception. This is inspired by his interest in Magical Realism, particularly authors such as Murakami, Kafka and Huxley; authors who, like Bletcher, explore subjective experience, memory and metaphysical encounters in contrast with everyday life to create dream-like narratives.