Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), ‘Isabel, Queen of Harlem. The good mother we all wished we had. Messier no.41’, 2017, Johannes Vogt Gallery

About Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)

In intricate paintings, Frohawk Two Feathers re-imagines 18th-century colonial history, conjuring a fictional cast of subjects that includes a rebel fighting force of freed slaves, militiamen, dukes, lords, and tribesmen. Two Feathers paints ink and acrylic scenes onto coffee- and tea-stained paper, detailing colonial uprisings against the imaginary superpowers Frengland and Fenoscandia. His images contain a mashup of references, combining elements of 18th- and 19th-century colonial portraiture and folk art with visual signifiers of contemporary urban culture, including jewelry and body art associated with present-day gangsters and hipsters. Two Feathers wryly points to the instability of public histories and confronts issues of race, power, and greed.

American, b. 1976, Chicago, Illinois, based in Los Angeles, California