“If you have a racist friend, now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end.” Lyrics from 1984 song ‘Racist Friend’ by The Special AKA
This work was originally created for Pete's 2022 Eight New Paintings exhibition and was later shown in his 2022 Don't Adjust Your Mindset show.
Social Media depicts the past to comment on the present. Pete recalls seeing a National Front symbol sprayed onto an underpass when he was young:
“At the time I was particularly into The Specials and the ska movement which was very much about racial unity, so to see that message not getting through was depressing to say the least. Fortunately, a few weeks later a further addition was added to the graffiti and it was reassuring to see hate had a resistance. Sadly, over four decades later we still have a way to go, as pages on social media have become virtual walls on which similar messages are typed rather than sprayed.”
The messages of hate to which the artist refers were something he thought about specifically after the Brexit vote. A survey by Opinium found that in addition to an increase in racially motivated hate crime, “Online racism has more than doubled since before the referendum”.
Unframed Art Print:
Small: 40cm x 56cm
Large: 50cm x 70cm
Printed on high-quality paper with a 5cm white border.
Delivery in 3 - 5 days
Collection in-store within 1 - 4 days
Framed Art Print:
Small: 43cm x 59cm (approx)
Large: 53cm x 73cm (approx)
Mounted in a bespoke glass, black angled frame by our local framer.
Waiting time: 7-10 days; additional 2-3 days for delivery.
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