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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.