All posts by colourblindlondon

The Joker

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 £295.

The Ends Festival 2019

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.

Colourblind x Unite Against Racism

To mark 2019’s UN Anti Racism week day 2019, I have created a unisex, limited edition Nike concept Colourblind football shirt to celebrate diversity and unite against racism.

We’ve seen a shocking rise in attacks against Muslim and Jewish people, against gay and disabled people, and against refugees and migrants too.

Those who are trying to divide us and stir up hate, blame migrants and minorities for our crumbling schools and stuffed classrooms, for the fact our kids can’t find an affordable home or a decent job.

We know that leaders who are bankrupting public services, tax-dodging corporations, too greedy to pay their share and bad bosses, always on the look-out for corners to cut and cheaper labour are to blame for many of the problems that we face.

I believe that we need a mass movement against racism to ensure that we are not divided and have a just and fair society.

Show that we will not stop until the rise of racism and the far right has been defeated. Stand up to Islamophobia and antisemitism, racism in sport, help get justice for Windrush, defend migrant rights and show that refugees are welcome.

Don’t let the racists divide us.

Our limited edition, unisex Nike football shirt is available to purchase in sizes Small to XXL, £40.00 each

Colourblind focuses on commonalities between people, such as their shared humanity.

Colourblind acknowledges, highlights, and celebrates ethno-racial differences. It recognises that each tradition has something invaluable to offer. It is not afraid to see how others have suffered as a result of racial conflict or differences. Colourblind accepts that the struggles have been real.

Although I have experienced racism in a variety of situations, my demeanour and outlook should not be marked as different or inferior due to the colour of my skin. That, however, does not mean that I do not see the struggle others go through who may not have the same background as me. Perhaps the analogy is not perfect; it is not meant to erase one’s right to have pride in racial/ethnic heritage. Colourblind celebrates when different kinds of people work together, fostering the simultaneity of unity and diversity. Indeed, Colourblind embraces these differences. Hence my colourblind motif features 7 triangles symbolising each continent in our world.

I want you to know that the idea of colourblind is beautiful when said with a true desire to accept others, but we cannot let it blind us to the forms of discrimination still present in our society. Perhaps we can all be mindful of institutional dynamics when we think a situation is ultimately caused by one or a few individuals. Perhaps we can be mindful when we may be denying society structures or expecting behavioural assimilation. Perhaps nothing will truly start to get better until we do these things.

I also want you to know that none of this is meant to even suggest that all people of a certain colour or ethnicity are the same; my interpretation of colourblind is quite the opposite. I ask you to be open to individual differences but aware of racial or ethnic pride. Frankly, some people may abide by racial or ethnic norms, but others may not. This, one cannot ascertain, until we get to know individuals.

So, if you see colourblind as a grand panacea for racial solidarity, make sure you are not inadvertently denying the racism that still exists or the cultures to which people belong. This quote from Audre Lorde clarifies my points quite strongly:

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences”

My art celebrates the beauty in our diversity and is not blind to it. The seven triangles in the motif also represent the seven colours of the rainbow not only being aware of the colour but as a sign of peace. I believe the ideal is not assimilation but a unity in diversity and an attempt to create and maintain a level playing field for a variety of people. I see all, I’m not physically blind to anything cultural, political, ethnic or racial.

Creating art for me is simply not good enough to make positive changes, I truly live my words and walk the walk by creating opportunity’s for hundreds of multicultural children that I never had when I was their age. I’m actively inspiring our future civil servants, politicians, scientists, sportspeople, writers & artists to help create a better tomorrow.

Colourblind @ Matthews Yard: What’s Hanging?

I’m very excited for my debut solo exhibition, starting on 3rd August until 30th August, at Matthew’s Yard, Croydon.  Food and drink will be flowing from brgandbeer and there will be music from CroydonFM.

Below are details of the main pieces that will be hanging during my month’s residency at Matthews Yard.


Peace II ‎‫سلام‬ II

Peace II ‎‫سلام‬ II  – £595
Second piece on this subject,  Mixed Media collage, recycled paper, acrylic, spray paint, ink and gold leaf on framed canvas.‬

30 x Gold Leaf Hand Finished A3 Prints available at £15 each


Mino

Mino – £795
Mixed media collage on wood. Gold leaf, Acrylic, spray paint, oil paint, ink, paper and posca.

30 x Gold Leaf Hand Finished A3 Prints available at £15 each


‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ Series

‘You can’t sit with us’ is taken from the film Mean Girls where I have replaced the spoilt, narcissistic teenage characters such as Regina George from the film with some of the leaders of the world which have all changed since the original piece.  I have also included those suffering from these leaders’ decisions and policies.

10% of all sales of the series will be donated to the re-build charity, which helps integrate refugees of conflict and natural disasters into British society and supports the reconstruction  of their homelands.

You Cant Sit With Us II

You can’t sit with us II – £595 – 10% of sale going to re-build
Mix media collage of a child refugee on Financial Times paper also with recycled paper, spray paint, acrylic, water colour, ink, posca, pencil & signed in gold leaf.

You can’t sit with us III

You can’t sit with us III – £695 – 10% of sale going to re-build
The Trump Administration seeks to prevent refugees who pass through Mexico from receiving asylum in the United States. “No One Leaves Home Unless Home Is The Mouth Of A Shark”

Mix media collage of a Mexican refugee on Financial Times paper, Dollar bills, recycled paper, spray paint, ink, posca, pencil & signed in gold leaf.

Cant Sit With Us IV

You can’t sit with us IV – £595 – 10% of sale going to re-build
Mix media collage of a child refugee on Financial Times paper also with recycled paper, spray paint, acrylic, water colour, ink, posca, pencil & signed in gold leaf.

Cant-Sit-With-Us-V

You can’t sit with us V – £650 – 10% of sale going to re-build
Painting of a child refugee, signed in gold leaf on bespoke framed canvas


‘American Dream’ Series

The ‘American Dream’ pieces are an ongoing series on the theme of US corporate greed, cultural insensitivity and centuries of ethnic cleansing.

American Dream V

American Dream V – £795
Collage made entirely of American currency and packaging even the skin is made from Recycled McDonald’s bags.

American Dream IV

American Dream VI – £795
Collage made entirely of American currency and packaging even the skin is made from Recycled McDonald’s bags.

American Dream VII – £795
Collage made entirely of American currency and packaging even the skin is made from Recycled McDonald’s bags.


‘Just because we don’t say doesn’t mean we don’t see’

‘Just because we don’t say doesn’t mean we don’t see’ – £650
Mix Media collage on bespoke framed canvas.


‘Anti-Social Media’ Series

Facebook says “Spending time with friends and family creates many of our most meaningful memories”

Friends will celebrate by posting a picture or message and then completely ignore that person in the street. People will fabricate a false lifestyle to show the world how well they are doing or how happy they are but in truth this is just as mask for struggle, the fear of mediocrity or sadness.

This is a further step on the road to us all interacting with each other through a device actually controlled by multinational corporations while we go on believing that it is we that are in control.

Instagram and Facebook have caused endless amounts of pain and heartache through telling us how we should look, causing an explosion of vanity that forces people to care more about likes and follows than self worth, substance & love.

Facebook is used as a tool for bullying, grooming, spamming, spying, stalking, lying and so on. It kills relationships it creates doubt and social media in general causes the collapses of family’s and relationships which I have sadly witnessed several times to people close to me.

Anti-Social Media – £700
Spray paint, Gold leaf, Acrylic, ink, pencil, metal, recycled paper on surf board.


Choke

‘Choke’ – £795
Mix Media collage on canvas, recycled paper, Acrylic Paint, ink, spray paint, magic marker, posca and gold leaf.


Amanaki

‘Amanaki’ – £695
Mixed media collage on bespoke canvas. Spray paint, 24K gold leaf, acrylic, posca and ink.


Santan Dave

‘Santan Dave’ – £495 
Spray paint, silver leaf & gold leaf on bespoke canvas made from a reused wooden palette.


Love CR0

‘Love CR0’ – £250
One of three photo collage collaboration pieces I’ve made with the photographer Ross Andrews.

One of the most exciting pieces of street art in Croydon

 

Proud to be featured again by The Croydon Advertiser, this time for my ‘Peace’ mural as one of the 11 of the most exciting pieces of Croydon street art.

Based on an original collage entitled ‘Peace ‎‫سلام‬ ‘ the mural sitting outside Matthews Yard is the first piece of street art in Croydon that is gilded in 24 karat gold leaf.

A second mixed media collage (£595) and a limited run of 30 hand finished prints in gold leaf (£15 each) will be available to purchase at my next show at Matthew’s Yard.

ISIS or whatever they call themselves, are they a true representation  of Islam?

Are the Christian Extremists a true representation of Christianity? Or the Buddhist monks that literally committing genocide towards the Rohingyas right now in Burma a true representation of Buddhism? Is every Irishman in the IRA?

No!

There is not supposed to be terrorist tag attached to ONE particular religion. Everyone that commits an act of terror for a political or religious reason should be called a terrorist.

The irresponsible media has resulted with Islamophobia behaviour trending and rising all around the world and it is alarming because people are fuelled by misguided emotion lead by unfair media coverage.

I mean everyone’s allowed there point of view, growing up & living in Croydon all my life with all the different cultures here I still find it astounding that certain people are still ignorant enough to have the viewpoint they do, which is why I started Colourblind.

The American Dream Series

The ‘American Dream’ pieces are an ongoing series on the theme of US corporate greed, cultural insensitivity and centuries of ethnic cleansing.  Some of these pieces will be on display and available to buy at my debut show at Matthews Yard, from 3rd August 2018.

The story of the Native American is well understood and the complicity of US government and capitalism is at the root of this story of genocide.  From the early years of land theft and forcible resettlement to the ethnic wars of massacre and institutional racism to the current attacks on sacred land and continued apartheid.

The results of centuries of mistreatment has marginalised The Native American in their own lands without a Mandela figure to bring them into the light.

I have synthesised these wrongs using the symbol of nationhood, the head-dress which has been appropriated and defiled by capitalism and turned into advertising hoardings – whores to advertising the final ignominy for the native American people.

All the pieces are made up from American currency and packaging, even the skins are made from McDonalds bags.

Multiply – Living Free x Creative Debuts

This Thursday 4th May 2017 sees the Living Free Collective once again working along side Creative Debuts, to bring an eclectic range of artists together in one place.

This time the Living Free family is multiplying. Collaborating with an exhibition entitled Multiply. The idea like last year’s show is to share the Living Free experience. Growth and empowerment are at the heart of the Living Free spirit, to enforce the idea of collective action. The heart of resistance is community. That is exactly what Living Free embodies.

Sip drinks from the bar. Take a break and snap yourself in the photo booth or simply enjoy the music provided by the Living Free DJ’s. Living Free will also be providing a more in-depth analysis of all the work with a tour around the gallery. A chance to ask the artists a questions or to simply quiz what you’re experiencing.

Visit us at the Black & White Building in Shoreditch from 7:00pm – 10.30pm.

For more information, please visit our events page.