My Boy was created as part of the live painting session for the UAE National day celebrations. The portrait was inspired by a photograph I took in South Africa of our security guard son. He was walking alongside his father holding his hand very tightly. His father looked so proud of his son as to say to the world, this is “My Boy”. The father for me represents a pride that so many residents of UAE have towards this beautiful country we are honoured to call our home.
I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used different coloured recycled Nespresso capsules, shoe boxes, milk boxes and cereal boxes. The recycled materials are in the four colours of the UAE national flag.
Title: “My Boy”
Dimensions: 900 x 600mm
Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Recycled Nespresso capsules, shoe boxes, milk boxes and cereal boxes)