The Broken Arm

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The Broken Arm is an intimate portrait of two young Black brothers sharing a moment after the younger brother accidentally breaks his arm. They sit on a step of their apartment complex as the older brother attempts to distract his younger brother from the pain he is enduring from his broken arm. Yet the younger brother is distracted by something in the distance.

I used warm colors and the lack of distance between them to capture the intimacy of their relationship and focused on emphasizing an innocence in their facial expressions. This painting was to show the care and nurturing that Black boys can have for one another instead of the stereotypes of selfishness and violence. I wanted to give them their humanity back.

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Dimensions 24 × 36 in

Curtis Derall Ferguson


Acrylic on canvas


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