FALL/UPRISING

Fall/Uprising is a series of paintings about the history of Black British resistance to state violence and oppression. They were created in 2005 to mark 20 years since London’s urban disturbances of 1985, which had centred on the police shooting of Cherry Groce, and the deaths of Cynthia Jarrett and Keith Blakelock.

They were first shown in the solo exhibition ‘Fall/Uprising’ at the Bettie Morton Gallery in Brixton, South London. Works from the series have since been shown at venues internationally, including Rivington Place and the ICA in London, The New Art Exchange in Nottingham and the Diaspora Pavilion in Venice.


Paintings from the series are held in public and private collections internationally, including the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Sharjah Art Foundation.

Portrait of the Artist Helping with Enquiries: 1984 (2005, oil on linen, 152 x 152cm)
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Under Fire: The Shooting of Cherry Groce (2005, oil on linen, 121 x 182cm, Collection of Sharjah Art Foundation)
Madonna Metropolitan: The Death of Cynthia Jarrett (2005, oil on linen, 152 X 152 cm — Collection of the Wolverhampton Art Gallery)
Coldharbour Lane: 1985 (2005, oil on canvas, 152 x 152cm, private collection)
Still Life: The Tottenham Three (2005, oil paints on canvas, 121 x 91cm, collection of Wolverhampton Art Gallery)
On Duty: The Death of Keith Blakelock (2005, oil on linen, 122 x 122 cm, collection of the Shahjah Art Foundation)