Here it is! My portrait of Zaine commissioned as part of the #PortraitsofPride @HSBC
Campaign for Birmingham and London Prides.
To think that only two years ago I was struggling so much with accepting my sexuality, and posting photos of my art on an anonymous instagram account because I wasn’t confident enough to share them as myself is just mad. And now I’ve presented a piece in a nationwide campaign advocating LGBT awareness.
This represents so much more than just a campaign, it symbolises a step change in our society and the ability to freely express ourselves in the ways we were born to. It symbolises a voice for those who don’t yet have the confidence to speak out about who they are. It symbolises that our sexualities, race, physicality, gender do not define us. My art has always attempted to question these elements, and present subjects showcasing their inner selves, rather than to take people at their surface value. Painting is how I found my voice, and to think this campaign might help others find theirs is the most wonderful feeling.
The negative commentary I’ve seen surrounding this campaign has only highlighted further why it’s needed. It calls for the need for us all to open our hearts and to not just accept, but to embrace and celebrate the differences in one another whatever they may be. As Zaine so rightfully put it “we are all living difficult lives, so why not live them together”. Happy pride everyone 🌈🌈🌈🌈❤️ Watch full video campaign out now using the link in my bio!! #lgbt #lgbtawareness #pride #love #loveislove #birminghampride #emergingartist #londonartist #london #londonart #contemporyart #artistsoninstagram #oilpainting #artistic #art #artwork #artlovers #artdaily