Sultan of Algadaz


Soft Pastels on Hardboard
Nov 2021
24″  x18″ x .15”
Framed: 26.5″ x 20.5″ x 1.25″

Moorish people from across north Africa have been depicted in European art since Medieval times but most works place them in servitude, hidden within the shadows, or with exaggerated features meant to look unflattering.

My in-process series, “Moor than the servant” explores ideas of focus and importance of reverence, beauty, and most importantly, identify. Black people were not afterthoughts to be thrown into the corner of a painting. We were and are worthy of being the focus. The color red is used in excess in the turban and background in “Sultan of Agadez” to show power and prestige.

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