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Blake Daniels was born in 1990 (Cincinnati, Ohio), and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Johanensburg, South Africa. They are the recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where they received their BA Fine Arts (2013) and has a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (2017). Daniels paintings traverse various oral folklores, queer cultural practices and forms of intimacy within nature. This practice is an exploration of queer love; an affection to the shifting contours of our bpdies, a deep tenderness with our surroundings or an anxious devotion towards history. Painting for Daniels becomes a process of thinking through and beyond our bodies, an active attempt at understanding them a little better. 

Daniels was included in teh critical surevery 100 Painters of Tomorrow published through Thames & Hudson (2014). Solo and two person exhibitons include: ‘City Without a Sun’, blank projects, Cape Town (2018); ‘Tales of Here and Later’ Room Gallery, Johannesburg (2017); ‘Nothing More?’, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg (2015) and ‘Leisure’, Fresh Exhibitions, Savannah (2014). Group exhibitions include: ‘A Continuous Unknowing’, Assembly Room, New York (2019); Gallery 2, Johannesburg (2018); Canwood Gallery, Herfordshire (2017); Maddox Gallery, London (2016); Beers London, London (2015); Gutstein Gallery, Savannah (2013); Sullivan Gallery, Chicago (2013): Wits Museum of Art, Johannesburg (2012) and the South Florida Museum, Bradenton (2010). Daniels helped co found the Caribbean arts and culture publication ARC in2010 with Holly Bynoe and Nadia Huggins and has been proactive in developing curatorial platforms between theCaribbean and Southern Africa.