Deanio X and Emmanuel Cole in conversation

This Autumn Term, the Royal Drawing School’s Online Lecture Series hosts Creative Conversations; dialogues between artists, curators and writers. The series is curated by Dr Claudia Tobin, lectures are held Wednesday evenings live on Zoom.

Deanio X and Emmanuel Cole will discuss the shared developments of their individual artistic practices in connection to their hometown of London, where they have worked together on informal and professional projects over the years. In this discussion they will touch on how impromptu adventures and experiences can snowball into larger projects and sustainable work, like the Stay Strong Route; the significance of cultural events such as Carnival in relation to their work and practices; and how the crossover between photography, painting and drawing can influence and enhance each other.

Deanio X and Emmanuel Cole in conversation
'Margot and the Dilemma of Angels', 2018, Ink and Acrylic on Paper,  55.5 x 76 cm, Deanio X
Courtesy of the artist © Deanio X

Deanio X is a visual artist currently exploring the gaps of popular history in the UK. He graduated from The Drawing Year in 2019

Deanio X and Emmanuel Cole in conversation
'Untitled', Photograph of Notting Hill Carnival, 2015, Emmanuel Cole
Courtesy of the artist © Emmanuel Cole

Emmanuel Cole is a photographer based in London with a fascination for portraiture, urban landscape, architecture, lifestyle and street photography. Raised on the east side of London, the fast paced city has always kept him on his toes and eager to document the urban and architectural elements of the city, as well as catch the unique moments that would otherwise pass him by.