26th of September 2018
In her first series, The Artist Oliver James pays homage to street and stencil artists such as Blek le Rat, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and other great artists that inspired her by painting a series of single-layer stencil style graphic portraits of some of the most well-known activists of their time.
This series is the first of many for The Artist Oliver James, it gives a look into her artist-activist style and her use of stencils and pops of color, gold, and silver to shine a light on the ones that have fought and in some cases given their lives so that we may live in a more equal, fair and just world.
This series features Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as the first president of South Africa. Benazi Bhutto was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority country. Barack Obama is an American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from. Princess Diana was an activist and member of the British royal family.
These canvases were made from recycled shipping pallets and range in size. Using stencils, acrylic spray paint, paint markers, and melted crayons "Liv" makes these pallets come to life.
Design: The Artist Oliver James