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In 2004, Elizabeth and I returned to Africa with two assignments: one, a state portrait of His Royal Highness the Emir of Kano, Nigeria, ... (more)
Horse and Rider Before the Great Mosque of Kano From the “Pageant of Africa” Series, Painted in 2016
In 2004, Elizabeth and I returned to Africa with two assignments: one, a state portrait of His Royal Highness the Emir of Kano, Nigeria, and, second, a historical painting portraying the procession from the turbanning ceremony of His Imperial Highness the Garsan Fulani. This latter project depicts a parade taking place on the Emir's parade grounds in front of his palace and the adjoining Great Mosque. About thirty young horsemen were hired to don their historical costumes, decorate their mounts, and parade for our camera in the courtyard of the Prince Hotel. This handsome young man was one of that number, riding up and down in the tropical heat.
I did this painting in 2016, in preparation for the New York exhibition.