This series is dedicated to the many Black people that were robbed of their lives at the hands of the police. I use time as a medium to define how long each portrait is colored in. 1 year of life = 1 minute of color. Tamir Rice was 12 when he was murdered, so I colored his portrait for 12 minutes.
For each of these portraits I played with the harsh relationship between time and death. I want the viewer to see how much empty space is left in these lives, stories that will never be told, space that can never be filled. This emptiness represents holes in their families and our community, who will be forever stuck with the question, “who were they becoming?” This series touches on grief and the unknown.
11 x 14" - Ink and graphite on paper
photo: Jordan Nicholson
Adrian Brandon is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He works in various media, including but not limited to digital, paint and ink. Adrian creates art that broadens the narrative of the Black experience and touches on themes of pride, peace and protest.
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