Colours of the brain - Original
During the anti-racism movement of 2020, I felt moved to do more than just post a solitary black square on whatever social media outlet and then claim to have done something meaningful. My opinion of race has always been guided by MLK’s colour-blind mindset, where skin colour is of no relevance and content of character is what reigns supreme.
In the creative process, I found a quote by Nigerian poet, Michael Bassey Johnson, who said ‘I don’t fancy colours of the face, I’m always attracted to colours of the brain.’ It was this passage that connected to me and influenced the piece.
This is the original piece for this series. The backdrop of the face and hair is hand painted with acrylic paint whilst the hearts and cheek are with an acrylic pen. The half-tone detail is screen printed - the combination of these techniques delivers a beautiful tension between the accuracy of screenprinting and the looseness of hand-applied outputs. This piece is framed.
- Frame - 750 x 850 mm
- Art - 585 x 700 mm
- Created on Somerset Satin 310gsm
- Signed on front and reverse
- Date and stamped on reverse
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