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In 1913 John Archer (1863–1932) became the first black mayor of London with his election as mayor of Battersea. He was a Pan-Africanist, striving for equality and the empowerment of ethnic minorities.
“They will look at Battersea, and say, ‘It is the greatest thing you have done. You have shown you have no racial prejudice, but recognise a man for what you think he has done”, said Archer as part of his acceptance speech.
Too often Black Britons are pigeonholed and undervalued for their contributions towards societal change. Within this ballpoint pen portrait, drawn on 1930’s antique texts, I look to pay homage to a true pioneer. He is not only a significant figure within Black British history but should be appreciated within the wider context of the history of Britain’s capital.
The artwork is in a custom made black frame with anti reflective gallery quality glass.

Materials used:

ballpoint pen on antique text

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John Archer (2022)
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In 1913 John Archer (1863–1932) became the first black mayor of London with his election as mayor of Battersea. He was a Pan-Africanist, striving for equality and the empowerment of ethnic minorities.
“They will look at Battersea, and say, ‘It is the greatest thing you have done. You have shown you have no racial prejudice, but recognise a man for what you think he has done”, said Archer as part of his acceptance speech.
Too often Black Britons are pigeonholed and undervalued for their contributions towards societal change. Within this ballpoint pen portrait, drawn on 1930’s antique texts, I look to pay homage to a true pioneer. He is not only a significant figure within Black British history but should be appreciated within the wider context of the history of Britain’s capital.
The artwork is in a custom made black frame with anti reflective gallery quality glass.

Materials used:

ballpoint pen on antique text

Tags:
#ballpoint pen #black british artist #black british portait 
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My practice looks to empower often marginalised minorities through the exploration of identity within portraiture. Confronting socio-political issues within my drawings can act as a catalyst for a discourse regarding... Read more

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