Monday, October 15The Voice of London

Tate Britain to exhibit impressive paintings of Grime artists as noblemen

For one night only, Reuben Dangoor’s ‘Legends of the Scene’ artworks will be on display at a top UK gallery

Words: Tenelle Ottley-Matthew. Subeditor: Tenelle Ottley-Matthew


Reuben's painting of Stormzy. Source:
Reuben’s painting of Stormzy. Source:

Last month, Reuben Dangoor received huge amounts of attention on Twitter and Instagram when he posted his paintings of iconic Grime MCs as historical figures. If you use social media you would have probably seen the much-loved artworks pop up on your feeds but if you weren’t aware of Dangoor’s brilliant collection you’ll be able to see them in all their glory this Friday evening.

In ‘Legends of the Scene’, Dangoor honours Stormzy, Skepta, D Double E and Dizzee Rascal by recreating them as noblemen and officers. The results are incredible. Each oil painting is pretty outstanding, but the one that’s received a lot of buzz is the one of new school legend Stormzy. The South London MC, dressed in an Adidas tracksuit, stands in a living room with a portrait of the Godfather of Grime Wiley in the background, aptly positioned next to the Ghanaian flag. The portraits are an unlikely mix of 18th century landed gentry and underground music, but it really works because it reflects the true Britishness of Grime music in a unique way.

Reuben’s work will feature at the Tate Britain on Friday 4th December as part of Tate Britain’s Late at Tate series. There’s lots more to be enjoyed on the night including other installations by Crep Protect and Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Rafia Santana. In addition, you can also expect good music, workshops, discussions and a film screening. More information about this Friday’s event here.

Reuben’s Twitter: @Reubendangerman

Reuben’s Instagram: @reubendangoor