A painting of an artist live-painting a mother who caresses her young child, this work is a personal reflection on Egonu’s short relationship which his mother. Egonu moved to England as a 13 year old boy when his father, an affluent British colonial civil servant, sent him to a private school (as most wealthy Nigerian families did at the time).
Decades afterwards, in the later part of Egonu’s life, he painted this work amidst a period of anxiety when he was occupied with questions of nation and identity. These thoughts formed the conceptual foundation for the ‘Stateless People’ series, in which this painting belongs.
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