On June 9, Toronto-based artist named Generous co-painted a mural for the Weston Road community in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Through this mural, Generous and Rowell presented to their community a symbol of the generational trauma experienced by the black community, and the resilience emitted by the individuals in the black community.
“There’s a lot of pain that comes with the colour of our skin,” says Generous. “I want people to feel uncomfortable. People do not like that, but it’s okay. I want them to question what they are feeling.”
According to the Weston Rd. census of 2016, Weston Rd. is home to 61% of a visible minority population. Most of the visible minority population in Weston identify as black first-generation Canadians from Jamaica and Somalia.
Even though Generous is of Filipino and Palestinian background, he explained the importance of allyship in the fight for justice. He says, “I want people to see that people are working and supporting [the movement]. Political views need to be spoken about.”
However, this is not the first time Generous speaks up for injustice through his art. His canvas art has also highlighted the voices of those impacted by the crisis in Palestine. In addition, he has also shed light on controversial environmental issues.
Through his murals around the city and his canvas art, Generous’ audiences resonate with his artistic commentary on political issues, and his dedicated focus on influential hip hop and rap artists that inspire new perspectives, perseverance, and resiliency.
Generous is currently working on making his art more accessible for his audiences through his upcoming online store.
You can find more of Generous’ murals and canvas/digital art on the following social media platforms:
Instagram & Twitter @_generouss
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