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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Kevin Dalton-Johnson (b. 1965)

Sculptor. Born in Edgware, London, he is a sculptor of the African diaspora. He graduated from Bretton Hall University College, West Riding, Yorkshire, has MAs from both the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University and at the latter completed a NASENCO (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination) programme, gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Coordination in 2015. Still Manchester-based, his studio is in Sowerby Bridge. Seeking to reposition the black identity in visual culture, he works in both a realist and an abstract expressionist style, using both modern and traditional methods but with a strong preference for clay. His Captured Africans, in steel, Perspex and ceramic tiles (2003–05), at St George’s Quay, Lancaster, stands as both an indictment of the slave trade and a commemoration of the thousands of African men, women and children who were transported on slave ships to the Americas from Lancaster in the eighteenth-century. On an international level, he has exhibited at Amsterdam, Mali and Pennsylvania and took part in the exhibition, ‘As It Is’, in Dubai in 2011. He also participated in the ‘Who Cares?’ exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester in 2012.

Sources include: Kevin Dalton-Johnson, email to David A. Cross, 8 March 2016.

Bibliography: D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, p. 70; Kevin Dalton Johnson website.

David A. Cross, 2017; updated, Terry Cavanagh, March 2024