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Carl Sexton’s art work has been selected for Black Joy! Up Close and Personal at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, coordinated by Playing the Race Card and curated by Lorna Hamilton-Brown RCA MBE.

Opening Saturday 4th May – Sunday 25th August

“This thought-provoking exhibition highlights over 40 talented black artists from the South East. The contemporary artworks exhibited include painting, sign-writing, fashion, textiles, sculpture, collage, photography, and video, inviting you to explore the beauty and complexity of Black Joy. Don’t miss the vibrant accompanying programme of live events, featuring performances, workshops, talks, tours and more!”

Carl Sexton, Project Art Works, 2022

Image: Carl Sexton, Project Art Works, 2022

Carl Sexton has an established painting practice, working on multiple scales using paint pens, brushes and sponges to build images from dense clusters of marks. He embraces pattern, colour and physicality in process and in finished works.

With joyous intensity, Carl makes works that bring people together and stimulate conversations, with and without words. In this way, Carl’s identity – which although unknown is expressed through his practice and its outputs – can bridge ethnic and neuro-cultures to create opportunities for understanding, healing and celebration.

Carl’s work has featured in exhibitions including Turner Prize 2021 Exhibition (Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, 2021) and Residential (Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 2024), and as part of documenta fifteen (2022). In 2019, Carl and his mother, Doreen, featured in I Hear You, a moving image installation by Mikhail Karikis, exploring non-verbal communication as a political agent (De La Warr Pavilion, 2019). In 2023, Carl’s family were featured in the film KIN, directed by Tim Corrigan and Esther Springett.

From May 4, 2024
to August 25, 2024

Location: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, John's Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings, TN34 1ET