Kieran Crowder is an artist and independent researcher who has made his home in Brixton, South London for some two decades, working out of his studio on Talma Road. In addition to his visual and critical work, he is Chair of Young & Creative, the art competition for under-19s in Lambeth; and, with Bettie Morton, is Co-founder and Director of the forthcoming Brixton Biennale of Contemporary Art.
A distinctive and original painter, Crowder also has training in engineering science and analytic philosophy: apparently diverse activities so closely interwoven in his practise, one early critic was moved to define the artist's signature approach as 'thinking in paint'. Reserving agreement on the grounds that he thinks in words just like everyone else, Crowder's theoretical interests - alongside the making of paintings - are the social and psychological dimensions of art production and reception; the histories of violence and of cultural change; and the overriding question of what it is to be human in an increasingly barbarous world.
The artist is best known for his Heads and related figurative work, always in oils on handmade canvases, which feature in art collections all over the world. They are the public face (and Crowder's means of supporting) a deeper practice which includes more experimental, generative work in abstract painting, photography, performance and text. He also collaborates closely with musicians, notably cellist and composer Simon McCorry on the emblematic project Here Lies and DJ Brixtonman (Oleg Marats) of Urban Noize.
Crowder's first degree is from York, where he chaired the university philosophy society, and wrote a thesis on the then unstudied Asthetische Theorie of T W Adorno. Subsequently he did doctoral research and was visiting lecturer in Humanities at the Royal College of Art. Outside the study, and away from his studio, Crowder's wide interests include concert-going, the cinema and good food; physical training; horticulture and natural history; and house music, jungle and blues.