Cornwall creates art to document change, out of love for beauty and the need for diversity. His compositions are brimming with references to media, popular culture, music and art history. The image is of two young adults kissing in a large city, but the camera is so close that the viewer only sees two people kissing. The art is made in a classic comic style with bright, vibrant colours, using screen-printing, acrylic paint and aerosol paint.
Kestin Cornwall grew up in the Windsor area and spent much of his youth in Detroit, Michigan with family. His father is Grenadian and his mother is American. In 2001 he moved to
Oakville to begin his studies at Sheridan College. While completing the Art Fundamentals and Illustration programs, Cornwall’s focus and love for the arts grew quickly. He increasingly combined classical drawing and painting with modern digital reproduction and
screen printing. Over the past 10 years, Cornwall has focused on creating relevant progressive art. He has used a varied practice of combining hand drawings, digitally removing the human hand and then forcing the element of the human hand back into the work. Cornwall uses images to explore the notion that culture and entertainment, including film and other media, shape public perception of black people and people of colour in North American culture. Cornwall critically charts current political, social, and economic landscapes with compositions brimming with references to media, popular culture, music and art history. He enjoys challenging what is considered “common” and feels it is the duty of an artist to add beauty to the world while invoking the unending social responsibility to capture thought. Many of his influences include contemporary graphic realism, street art and old comics, with a complimenting factor of mystery, often mirroring timeless depictions of pop culture. Each piece depicts an analysis of our obsession with beauty, age and change. Cornwall lives and works in Toronto.