Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)

About

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Was born in 1976 in Chicago

In 2003, after moving from Chicago, IL, to Los Angeles, CA, Umar Rashid (Chicago, U.S.A 1976) began to write and illustrate the history of the Frenglish Empire (a portmanteau of France and England) between 1658 and 1880, based on the supposition that the historically antagonistic empires of France and England made a tenuous peace and unified into a single, gargantuan colonial Empire. The Frenglish Empire ruled over a large area of the planet, often challenged by the historical, traditional Empires of Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Prussia, Austria (and “client” states of the Holy Roman Empire), Russia and the Ottomans. However, the main focus of his work are the stories and reinvented histories of black people, who are often marginalized and omitted from the historical record, and the intricacies of race, gender, class, and overall power in the colonial world. In the process of writing and illustrating this story, the artist created alternative narratives that has the main narrative as reference and focuses on the cosmologies of the Empires, with a focus on religion and spirituality. The narrative thread throughout the work (aside from the written narrative) employs iconography as a place marker between past, present, and future. This element is realized in the work “Imperial Tattoo System” (a classifying mechanism he uses to define and differentiate the characters in the story) and within the maps and cosmological diagrams. The narrative is also massively influenced by the hip hop culture of his youth (Golden age), various pop culture references (modern and ancient), gang and prison culture, and revolutionary movements throughout time. Umar Rashid currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited his works internationally in important institutions and private galleries. 

Available works

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Un’attrazione magnetica per la violenza fantastica. La necessaria morte dell’Arciduca Karlheinz Old Ambras, 2024
Acrylic, ink, oil pastel and spray paint on canvas
182 x 213 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Eroica 1 movimento. La devozione a un’idea o a una persona è il più forte elisir di gloria
Acrylic, ink and spray tint on canvas
182 x 182 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Alta incidenza del banditismo e appropriazione violenta di ricchezze da fonti povere, 2024
Acrylic, ink, oil pastel and spray tint on canvas
182 x 213 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Soldato e Contadina, 2024
Acrylic and ink on paper
111,76 x 77,47 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Il Tiranno. Karlheinz, Archduke of Innsbruck, 2024
Acrylic and ink on paper
111,76 x 77,47 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Gigi (Giovanna) and Guy (Dolomiti) mourn for their captured son, 2024
Acrylic and ink on paper
111,76 x 77,47 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Allori per gli agrari, 2024
Ink and acrylic on canvas
31 x 23 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Il Bandito, 2024
Ink and acrylic on canvas
31 x 23 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
Gnocchetto, il coltivatore di patate 2024
Ink and acrylic on canvas
31 x 23 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
La Leggenda di Dolomiti VIII, 2024
Mixed media on panel
17,8 x 13,5 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
La Leggenda di Dolomiti XII, 2024
Mixed media on panel
17,8 x 13,5 cm

Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)
La Leggenda di Dolomiti XVIII, 2024
Mixed media on panel
17,8 x 13,5 cm

La leggenda di Dolomiti. Eroica

Studio d’Arte Raffaelli

March 21 – September 16, 2024

The Fate of Empires

Studio d’Arte Raffaelli

April 04 – September 30, 2019

Umar Rashid

Beyond the Streets on Paper

Southampton Art Centre, New York

July 17 – August 28, 2021

Umar Rashid

Los Angeles (State of Mind)

Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano

May 28 – September 26, 2021

Umar Rashid

Per Capita

Transformative Arts – Los Anglese

May 1 – June 30, 2021

Umar Rashid

Made in L.A. 2020: a version

Hammer Museum – Los Angeles

April 17 – August 1, 2021

Umar Rashid

Dal ritratto al selfie. La rappresentazione del sè dalla Preistoria a oggi

Palazzo Assessorile, Cles (TN)

April 26 – August 29, 2021

Umar Rashid

The Legend of Dolomiti. Eroica, 2024

Studio d’Arte Raffaelli

Umar Rashid

The Legend of Dolomiti, 2022

Studio d’Arte Raffaelli

Umar Rashid

The Fate of Empires, 2019

Studio d’Arte Raffaelli