Los Angeles-based artist, storyteller, history buff, musician, and poet Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers) was born in 1976 in Chicago. He earned a BA at Southern Illinois University in 2000 and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. His work has been presented at numerous institutions including the Hudson River Museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, The Armory Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Torrance Art Museum, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Additionally, he has participated in solo and group gallery exhibitions at New Image Art Gallery, Galerie Cokkie Snoei, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Narwhal Projects, Heiner Contemporary, Stevenson Gallery, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Subliminal Projects, and Avenue 50 Studio.
Within his artistic practice, Umar Rashid blends fictional and real histories, while freely traversing both time and world geography. Rich with detail, Rashid’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures reference colonialism, empire, and westward expansion in the Americas during the 18th century, remixing global players – African, European, and indigenous peoples – in a process of storytelling and mythmaking. By reworking the historic projects of colonization, war, and the making of nation-states, Rashid creates alternate narratives, scripting a different past for human history – one that intersects with the present and forecasts new futures.
2000, Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Photography, Southern Illinois University At Carbondale, Carbondale, IL, USA.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
What is the color when black is burned? (The Gold War Part 1), The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, USA.
The Free Radicals, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA.
The Messier Objects. (You Get the Gods You Deserve), Part 3 of The Americas 1795, Johannes Vogt, New York, NY, USA.
The Belhaven Republic (A Delta Blues), University of Memphis, Galleries A and B, Memphis, TN, USA.
That Ain’t Gold, That’s a Soul, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Rampjaar. #tbt to that time when we didn’t let xenophobia get in the way of some sweet, motherfucking payback, 1789, Galerie Cokkie Snoei. Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Kill Your Best Ideas: The Battle for New York and Its Lifeline, the Hudson River, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, USA.
MATRIX 170: On Errythang (On Everything), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA.
Heartbreaking and Shit, But that’s the Globe: The Battle of Manhattan, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY, USA.
We Don’t Need No Water (Les Temps de la Chevauchee), Narwhal Projects, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
And Those Figures Through the Leaves, And the Light Through That Smoke, Part Two to the Americas, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA.
You Can Fall: The War of The Mourning Arrows, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ, USA., and the Wellin Museum, Hamilton, College, Clinton, NY, USA.
All Gold Everything, An Elegy, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, USA.
Every Winter Was A War, She Said, Heiner Contemporary Washington, D.C., USA.
It’s Yours: Wars of the Frenglish Revolution and Other Conflicts (1792-1797), Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY, USA.
The Edge of the Earth Isn’t Far from Here, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
La Guerre De Machettes Danseuses (The War Of The Dancing Machetes) Crocodile Company, Part 1, Taylor De Cordoba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Frohawk Two Feathers @ Scenic curated by Simon Watson & Craig Hensala, New York, NY, USA.
New Work, Galerie Emmanuel Post, Leipzig, Germany.
In the Court of The Crimson King, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Last Night, After the Lights Went Out, We Fell, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
25 Bold Moves, curated by Simon Watson & Craig Hensala, House of Campari, Venice, CA, USA.
The Easter Seal, Bent Gallery, South Pasadena, CA, USA.
You and Me, Unitard Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
30 Years of Dutch Courage, Galerie Cokkie Snoei Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The Fate of Empires, Studio d Arte Raffaeli, Trento, Italy.
Reimagining Colonial History, Sun Valley Art Center, Sun Valley, ID, USA.
Forever, A Moment: Black Meditations on Time And Space!, SOMA Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Personal Truth, El Camino College Museum of Art, Torrance, CA, USA.
Serpentine Fire, Quotidian. Los Angeles, CA, USA.
191919191919, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Here, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Cosmic Traffic Jam, Zevitas Marcus Gallery, Culver City, CA, USA.
The Eye Sees Not Itself, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation, 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY, USA.
Our Moment Is Here, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa.
Unsettled, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA.
Summer Fling The Barn Show, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Southampton, NY, USA.
A Primitive Future, Subliminal Projects, Echo Park, CA, USA.
Voces, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Attunement, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, USA.
Uncertain Terms, Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
Based on a True Story: Duke Riley and Frohawk Two Feathers, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
Ritual and Residue: The Art of Drink, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY, USA.
Good Intentions: Re-Imagining Rockwell’s Boy Scouts, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
June Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Rocky Mountain High, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO, USA.
Seat’s Taken, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT, USA.
In Case We Don’t Die, Torrance Art Museum Torrance, CA Torrance, CA, USA.
Stranger Than Fiction, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
Opening Ceremony, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY, USA.