Roy Ferdinand: Rockstars & Strawberries, New Orleans 1990 - 2004

7 September - 7 October 2022
Installation Views

The Mayor Gallery is pleased to present ’Rock Stars & Strawberries’ which will be the first London solo exhibition of the self-taught New Orleans artist Roy Ferdinand (1959 - 2004). A selection of 18 works from 1990 – 2004 are exhibited. The title of the show is inspired by the artist’s slang terms for the characters he depicted.

Working from the late 1980s to the early 2000s Ferdinand bore witness to gun violence, drugs, prostitution and police corruption to a soundtrack of Jazz and Rap music during a troubled period when New Orleans was then the murder rate capital of the United States. Using everyday materials such as marker pens and paper from his local convenience store, Ferdinand captured violence and despair alongside the humour and emotion of the African American neighbourhoods at this time.