|Year of creation||2018|
|Dimensions||38 W × 46 H × 1.8 D cm|
|Type of art||painting|
Martin Luther King Jr. was the most visible spokesperson and leader of the civil rights movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968. He inspired many with his speeches, his ideas and his unwavering campaigning in the face of American racism. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986. This portrait was commissioned and featured as the cover for the summer 2018 edition of Unity, an anti-racist magazine jointly published by the National Education Union (UK) and Unite Against Fascism. King's strength and bravery and inspirational words still resound. He was in many ways a prophet. The fight against racism throughout the world continues.
I was born in London in the UK, but now l have lived in France for many years where I paint, draw and live with my family and pets. I paint in different styles - this sometimes seems to be a disadvantage - and my work is sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative. It all stems from my obsessions and my drawings. Identity is a recurring theme, in all painting formats. I believe we all take on different identities at different times to meet what ever faces us at any particular place at any different time. We can all be children, parents, teachers, students, revolutionaries, conservative. How do we identify ourselves? Me? I am a painter. A disabled painter. A Jewish painter. A British Painter. A father. A man. I don't always know for sure. Paint your own revolution. Be what you need, and what you want.