This was done from several images of Malcom X. It was originaly a tissue paper collage. I later recreated it with acrylic paint over the tissue. Tissue paper faded with exposure to sun. Even though the painting was still evident in the texture the colors were not acceptable to me. I brought back the original vivid colors with acrylic paint.
Original (NFS) is 18"w X 24"h.


malcom x, muslim, symbols, religious

I am a retired Elementary school teacher(retired in 2003), artist (Painting-Acrylic & Mixed Media), poet, and photographer. I like the challenge of composing and capturing straight out of the camera. Last summer I started Gray’s Photo Tours. The concept is to provide guided photographic tours or Photo classes for visitors of this scenic area and portraits on locations of their choice. My moto is “I specialize in NOT specializing.”

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  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 6 years ago

    I can’t imagine what you admired about him. A great divider, a separatist, racist, and anarchist. And I lived in Brooklyn when NY knew him well.

  • I had to stop and think and try to remember why I painted that painting. It was painted right after the movie Malcom X came out.
    He was all those things at a time when for a black man to be that way took extraordinary courage and incredible good luck to stay alive as long as he did. I admired the way his life changed, and what he said AFTER he went to Mecca. He HAD to break from the Nation of Islam as led by Elijah Muhammed because they were corrupt. He could no longer be a blind follower because he was a natural leader. If he continued to be the negative things you mention, it was because this country needed that kind of force for those times.

    – Sandra Gray

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