Am I Not a Brother
This is a portrait of Cudjo Lewis (African name Kossula). He was the last survivor of the final slave ship, Clotilda, in 1859. His story recently came to light in the book Barracoon written by Zora Neale Hurston in 1931, and only published this year. The title for the painting came from the medallion wore by the abolitionist movement in Britain. His story really moved me and this painting was my way of honouring him and all the others. The legions of people devalued and dehumanised. In this mixed media portrait, I included adverts and newspaper articles from that era.
Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm
Medium: Collage and Acrylic on XL Stretched Canvas, unframed