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Untitled 6, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
97 by 130.5 cm

This work was inspired by the famous painting Le Radeau de la Méduse (The Raft of the Medusa) by Théodore Géricault (1818-1819, the Louvre, Paris). The inclusion of a black man as the pinnacle of the composition in the traditional Western art historical canon is rare. In the painting, the black slave climbs on top of the mast, waving a piece of cloth to draw the rescue ships’ attention and save his fellow survivors. The artist is deeply touched by his heroic act and dramatic representationof the scene.