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Artist’s recollection of the painting (July 2014):
Many of my black friends who posed for me many times over a ten year period felt that when they go to museums that only images of black people are slaves or servants. which they all found very negative. I wanted to readdress this issue by getting my contemporary black portraits in collections of Museums and Art Galleries across the British Isles because I think it's important for cultural institutions to reflect in a positive and powerful way the diversity of our society today.
The sitter in the portrait is of the artist and very old friend of mine, Desmond Haughton. Desmond Haughton has painted a modern portrait of Olaudah Equiano for the Liverpool Museum. Haughton had to use the engraving from Equiano own book because as yet we are still not sure if the beautiful RAMM images really a portrait of him.'
oil on canvas
H 57.5 x W 50 cm