Stephen Anthony Davids (also known as S.A.D) is a contemporary London artist who explores black identity and history through his re-appropriation of objects brought to life through his colourful, often humorous and strong graphic paintings, drawing and sculpture. By sourcing, repurposing and leasing new life into historic objects, such as Victorian ledger sheets, he creates artworks that sparks an exciting dialogue, through which we are allowed glimpses into his brilliant and unique mind.
Stephen's work explores subjects as diverse as slavery, gentrification and the Windrush scandal, through to 'East End masculinity', social mobility and the natural hair movement all against the ever-changing backdrop of his beloved London home.
In his 'Ledger' series, Stephen toured the UK searching for Victorian ledgers, buying them at car boot sales and from old stately homes. On many of the works he uses humorous anecdotes that juxtapose white middle class Britain and traditional black cultures.
Stephen's artistic influences include Jean Michel-Basquiat, Keith Haring and David Shrigley.
For this exhibition Stephen and the 508 Gallery have come together to showcase his work on the Kings Road for the very first time. Choosing to exhibit his work in South- West London is their tongue-in-cheek commentary on the gentrification of the area as well as a positive celebration of London's mix of diverse communities.
508 Gallery Programme Highlights
Stephen Anthony Davids
29th May – 8th June
East Londoner and distinctive visual graphic artist, Stephen Anthony Davids brings a collection of his everyday observations to the 508 Gallery, shown on a diverse range of materials, including historical ledgers and reclaimed wood.
5th - 20th September
Graham Ibbeson, also known as ‘The People’s Sculptor’ exhibits at the 508 Gallery for the first viewing of his private work. As well as showing a range of his sculptures, Ibbeson will be showing 20 limited edition William Webb Ellis statues which have been stamped with the Rugby World Cup 2019 official stamp.