Reflection

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2007, Coloured pastel on coloured paper

This memorable self portrait drawing is called Reflection, not just because the artist drew it looking into a mirror, but because he is looking deep into himself. It is a penetrating study of the self – a tough and honest self-appraisal.

There is no posturing, no ego massage.  He is just saying ‘This is me. This is who I am’. I also see it as a portrait of a young black man in 21st century Britain. You feel that he is not only judging himself and his generation, but all of us.

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