Details:

This painting depicts layers of half a hero sandwich or half of a classic sub. In this work, the artist employs stylized primary-colored marks to render many of the ingredients that comprise what Azikiwe refers to as "food for the people.”
Framed: 16.0 x 21.0 in.

① Artwork:

Mario's Pizza House, For Silas

This painting depicts layers of half a hero sandwich or half of a classic sub. In this work, the artist employs stylized primary-colored marks to render many of the ingredients that comprise what Azikiwe refers to as "food for the people.” This work is one of the first in a series of food-based reference paintings by the artist. Proceeds from the sale of such works continue to spur and fund Azikiwe's commitment to a magnanimous social practice—the artist has focused on the New Davonhaime Food Bank since July 2020.

Azikiwe's artistic practice encompasses an active social justice bend—including the Black Painters Academy. The artist's works serve as images of and productions for Black prosperity. Azikiwe uses uplifting bright colors to depict serious scenes of: shared meals; comfort foods; helicopter searches; waves enclosing on empty lifebuoys; and raging fires that have been metaphorically (and literally) witnessed in 2020/21. In his works, the artist employs carefully placed ephemera, philosophy and vague silhouettes to record and share Black stories.

Specs:

21 inches
16 inches
with frame
21 inches
16 inches

③ Artist:

Azikiwe Mohammed

Azikiwe Mohammed records and shares Black stories in works that combine ephemera and philosophy. The artist uses uplifting bright colors to depict serious scenes that draw on both his personal life and his social justice work—such as sharing meals, helicopter searches and raging fires. Azikiwe’s objects, paintings, videos and installations offer viewers intimate participation while emphasizing inclusion and Black prosperity.

Azikiwe Mohammed:
Mario's Pizza House, For Silas, 2020
Oil and acrylic on board
16.0 × 21.0 inches /