7th of December 2012 till 20th of January 2013, The Water Cube Centre, Beijing, China.
After being invited and selected by the “Olympic Fine Arts committee” (O.F.A.) to be part of the “Creative Cities Collection 2012” group exhibition at the Barbican Arts Centre London, August 2012, I was once again honoured to be invited by the Vice President of the O.F.A Committee, International Curator, Mr Vincenzo Sanfo and the “Chinese Society for the promotion of Cultural and Art development” to exhibit one of my paintings titled “White City” and receive an award at the Water Cube Centre, Beijing, China.
100 Artists globally were selected for the Water Cube Exhibition and all of the selected work has become part of the Water Cube’s permanent collection.
My inspiration for the painting “White City” came about after reading the thought provoking poem “The White City” by Festus Claudius McKay, a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, a prominent literary movement of the 1920s.”
The main focus of the work is to visually express the feelings of the inner and outer self, and world conveyed in the poem. Feelings of suppression, anger, suffocation, defiance, hope, strength, and faith are the triggers for expression.
“The White City” by Festus Claudius McKay:
I will not toy with it nor bend an inch.
Deep in the secret chambers of my heart
I muse my life-long hate, and without flinch
I bear it nobly as I live my part.
My being would be a skeleton, a shell,
If this dark Passion that fills my every mood,
And makes my heaven in the white world's hell,
Did not forever feed me vital blood.
I see the mighty city through a mist,
The strident trains that speed the goaded mass,
The poles and spires and towers vapour-kissed,
The fortressed port through which the great ships pass,
The tides, the wharves, the dens I contemplate,
Are sweet like wanton loves because I hate.