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Kevina Labonne

Middlesex University (Doctor in Arts / 2015)


What is your favourite film of all time?

I have no favourite film really. But I am a huge fan of different types of movies from horror, fantastic to even animated films, as long as there is a good story plot and end.

What music are you currently listening to and why?

I tend to watch films more than listen to music. I don't really have any favourite song as such, as I'll listen to anything

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

There is a long list of living artists in fact, like Marlene Dumas, Anselm Kiefer, William Kentridge, among so others. I appreciate them for their creative ideas and approach.

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Herve Masson, a modern painter from Mauritius, who left his country to somehow live his dream of becoming a painter. He left behind a large collection of works and had his first retrospective in Mauritius a few years ago.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?


The exhibition of Louise Bourgeois at the Tate Modern in 2007. I find each of her works so compelling and powerful.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?


Why the doll?
The doll has inspired me for the last years and it has become my actual research at Middlesex University. But this does not mean that I am not fascinated by other subjects, as I have continued painting portraits among other things, at the same time as the doll paintings.

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

I was driven by my own determination and ambition. I have started painting and drawing since a young age, and although people told me when I was in Mauritius that there is no future in art apart from being a secondary teacher, I was determined to prove them wrong. At the same time, painting just feels right for me. I enjoy doing what I do, that is, painting everyday and expressing myself. I am fortunate to now have my close family members, especially my parents and my husband, who fully support my decision of becoming an artist.

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?


Well, I work mainly in my room where I spend the most of my time. I will certainly have a proper studio with a great amount of space in the future, but working at home does it for now.

What do you like most about being an artist?

I enjoy the freedom of expressing my personal self in a creative and visual way. I enjoy planning my work, waking up in the morning knowing that my canvas and paints are waiting for me. Being able to do what I truly love, and there is also the feeling of fulfilment when someone appreciates something I have made.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

Apart from the academic achievements, I still feel that I have a lot of achieve.

What are your plans for the coming year?

Well, I have to organise a solo exhibition to complete my arts doctorate, and try to exhibit more... I am also producing more works, different from the doll series. Finally, I can't wait to get away from the academic frame, as I have been studying fine arts the last ten years in a row - from my degree, MA and now a practiced-based PhD.

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Artist's statement


Human presence has always been a major element of my work. My acrylic paintings are diverse and are developed progressively in serial and parallel ideas. They are accumulated by the momentary subjects which attract me as an artist and painter. Among my recent works, I have taken advantage of the doll’s human likeness to a child, adult or baby, to reproduce paintings which may incite people to question the doll’s visual appeals and artificiality. Another current series of nude drawings and paintings explore an intimate narrative of feminity and sensuality; of loss and abandonment. My aim is to move and connect with the spectator: to incite people to question and reflect on the current modes of representation and figuration in our contemporary society.





Return of Temptation, 7th - 12th October 2014, The Strand Gallery, London.

International Postcard Show, 14th Jan - 8th Feb Surface Gallery, Nottingham.

Simulacrum, 23rd Sept - 5th Oct 2013, Heath Street Baptist Church, London.

Childhood Explored, 1st - 30th April 2013, eightbyeight project, Scoltand.

To be Conceived, 6th - 7th March 2013, The Old Police Station, London.

Fallout factory Annual Art Competition, 18th January - 2th February 2013, Fallout Factory, Liverpool.

International Postcard Show 2013, 16th January - 2nd February 2013, Surface Gallery, London.

Christmas Bazaar, November 2012 - January 2013, Its All 2 Much Gallery, Bristol.

ImaginHer, September - November 2012, 198 Gallery, London.

Lambeth Open, October 2012, 198 Gallery, London

Breeze, March 2012, Mile End Art Pavilion, London.

Parallax Art Fair, October 2011, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, London.

Drawing Connections, September 2011, Sienna Art Institute, Italy.

Parallax Art Fair, July 2011, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, London.

Ragged,  April 2011, The Rag Factory, Heneage Street, London.

Society of Women Artists, June 2010, Mall Galleries, London.

Recently sold artwork

  • Jenny Unveiled
  • Demoiselle V
  • Demoiselle IV
  • Demoiselle III
  • Demoiselle II
  • Drawn from Below
  • Demoiselle I
  • Litany
  • Boudoir II
  • Boudoir I
  • The Crouching Nude
  • The Solitary Journey
  • The Remnant Drawing IV
  • The Remnant Drawing III
  • The Remnant Drawing II
  • The Remnant Drawing I
  • Midnight Diane
  • The Altar
  • Nue de Dos
  • Self-Contemplation
  • Cling On
  • Past Times II
  • The Fear of God
  • Laurie
  • Laura
  • Pin Study II.
  • The Head-Pins.
  • Pin Study I.
  • The Shelf I
  • The Shelf II
  • The Shelf III
  • Sleeping Doll I
  • Sleeping Doll II
  • Sleeping Doll III
  • Pinned Down.
  • The Dark Pins.
  • Doll Parts I.
  • Prayer in Blue.
  • The Half Doll.
  • Doll Parts II.
  • Pins.
  • The Sitting Doll III
  • The Little Soldier II
  • The Little Soldier V