A short film by Roon Sharma on how I’m trying to harness my platform to promote diversity and inspire the next generation.
A huge thanks to Roon for producing this film and the new Matthews Yard art hub in West Croydon for letting us film there. You can see more of my work on display and even purchase a piece when they re-open on the 26th August.
‘The First People’ has just popped up on Park Street in Croydon opposite The Slug & lettuce.
Mixed media collage With spray paint, 24K Gold leaf, acrylic, ink & dollars (not real).
“I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath…I know every stream and every wood between the Rio Grande and the Arkansas. I have hunted over that country. I lived like my fathers before me, and like them, I lived happily.”
Process of creating the original canvas.
Mixed media collage With spray paint, 24K Gold leaf, acrylic, ink & real American dollars.
If “Joker” can use the main character’s mental illness as a way of humanising him, and clearly establishes that his path to villainy is in no way connected to that illness, then it could ultimately play a positive role in our culture.
At the same time, even if “Joker” does plan on making Phoenix’s character sympathetic in his mental illness, it will be difficult to avoid at least sub-textually linking that illness to violence when the man who becomes one of the most infamous villains is branded that way. The danger being influential films like this leads to real-life stigmas that affect people with mental illness — and it’s one that really, really needs to go away.
Did you know some of the Dark Knight films were filmed Croydon?
Mixed Media Collage on canvas, spray paint, acrylic & ink NOW SOLD
Summer 2019 was Croydon’s first Ends Festival where I was the resident artist & my work was scattered around the festival and either side of the main stage. The late Nipsey Hustle was supposed to perform at the festival along with Nas, Damian Marley, Wizkid, Burna Boy etc but was killed months before the festival.
I remember when Nip first burst on the scene many years ago when my cousin Jordan bought him to my attention. A unique style & outlook on life. “While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighbourhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey saw potential,” Obama said.
He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going. His choice to set an example for young people to follow — is a legacy worthy of celebration. I hold these same values for our Croydon.
I chose to paint his attire in purple (Red & Blue) to portray the peace between LA Blood & Crip Street gangs that Nipseys tragic passing inspired after decades of fighting.
I’m honoured to have been commissioned for this piece by the festival & this piece will be hand delivered to his family in LA by one of the festivals leaders as a gift.
Spray paint, Acrylic, posca & gold leaf on bespoke canvas.
Some images of the pieces of art commissioned & some of the people that enjoyed and shared the artworK.