Acrylic and emulsion on canvas, 260 x 145 cm
This portrait is of aspiring Kathak dancer Shyam Dattani. Throughout my queer journey, I've met some really amazing people from the community who have shaped my identity in more ways than one . When I first met Shyam his confidence was what struck me, it left me in awe and feeling envy. I found Shyam to be this embodiment of power, humility and seduction. His presence alone radiated confidence and optimism. In Hinduism, many gods are depicted with blue skin, the colour representing divinity, the infinite and the immeasurable, just like a cloudless summer sky. This painting of Shyam is a form of reverence for his continued inspiration for myself and others alike.