I am a free man2019 - 2020
Medium: Oil and acrylic on canvas
Size: 184cm x 184cm
The free slave captured by slaved racketeers and sold into slavery.
The slave eventually escapes and rides off into the sunset a freeman. This depicts his journey and his eventual emancipation. The painting is a metaphor in parts, to the plight of an oppressed person. Part autobiographical, the painting is also a story of my own daily struggle to be free and the urge to want to ride off into the sunset. Whereby slavery in the British Colonies was abolished in (1833) the legacy of enslavement has passed down through generations and is is endemic today in the psychology of the black man. What do repeated traumas visited upon generation after generation of a people produce?
I am a Freeman is a painting of self reflection and hope. The horse is a symbol of power. The black riding the white horse to freedom is metaphor where the viewer can interpret the white horse meaning.