Ferrari Sheppard (1983, Brooklyn, New York, US) combines abstraction and figuration to create mid to large-scale paintings celebrating humanity. The Los Angeles based artist is influenced by memories, dreams and lived experience, evoking a sense of nostalgia, having lived in various countries in Africa. His abstracted figures are created with the history of Black people in the Americas and within the larger diaspora in mind. His paintings grant space for the individual to reflect on the familiar and present complexities of the fates of African and Indigenous peoples all over the world. Sheppard’s approach to figuration brings forward a new visual language, with large acrylic and charcoal canvases conveying movement and emotion through his confident brushstrokes and distinctive use of colour. These figures are further developed through the addition of 24k gold leaf, that introduces an iconographical effect, catching light and accentuating presence.