Ronald Moody (1900-1984) was a Jamaican artist specialising in sculpture. From 1950 until the early 1960s, London exhibitions brought him a growing presence on the British art scene.
To celebrate Guildhall Art Gallery's acquisition of Moody's bronze bust of London-born actor Terry-Thomas (1952-3), Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski will examine the artist's artworks and personal papers, as well as key artistic friendships and influences. The dominant narrative of Moody as a forgotten and marginalised figure is challenged. His art practice, cultural contribution, and value to the landscape of British and global art history is brought into focus.
Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski is currently a PhD student at Chelsea College of Arts and Tate Britain. She is a mixed media artist and surface designer, archivist and organiser. Her doctoral research investigates the life, works, and philosophy of Ronald Moody. Her research explores archives in relation to Black, minority ethnic and LGBTQi histories and experiences in Britain and throughout the diaspora. She is currently the archivist for the Rita Keegan Archive Project.