Honor Titus and Sahara Longe commissioned by His Majesty the King to contribute paintings to The Windrush Portraits Project

22 June 2023

Timothy Taylor is delighted to announce that Honor Titus and Sahara Longe are among ten leading international artists commissioned by His Majesty the King to create portraits of ten pioneering members of the Windrush Generation.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush to British shores in 1948, the completed portraits will become part of the Royal Collection, and will stand as a lasting memorial to all the men, women and children who came to Britain from the Caribbean and gave so much of themselves to rebuild a nation devastated by war.

Honor Titus (b. 1989, Brooklyn, NY) painted a portrait of Delisser Bernard, a successful entrepreneur and founder of a Wolverhampton youth charity organisation. Sahara Longe (b. 1994, London, UK) painted a portrait of Jessie Stephens, a London community leader and founding member of the Police Liaison Committee.

Each artist has written a personal essay reflecting on their experience with the sitters, which will join an illustrated publication on the Windrush Portraits Project. A BBC documentary on the project, chronicling the creative process of each artist and their informal meetings with the sitters, will air on 22 June.

The ten portraits will go on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh from 22 June to 16 October 2023, and The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace from 10 November 2023 to 14 April 2024 in an exhibition entitled 'Windrush: Portraits of a Pioneering Generation'.

The full list of sitters and artists are:

Delisser Bernard painted by Honor Titus
Alford Gardner painted by Chloe Cox
Linda Haye painted by Shannon Bono
Edna Henry painted by Amy Sherald
Carmen Munroe painted by Sonia Boyce
Gilda Oliver painted by Clifton Powell
Sir Geoff Palmer painted by Derek Fordjour
Laceta Reid painted by Serge Attukwei Clottey
‘Big’ John Richards painted by Deanio X
Jessie Stephens painted by Sahara Longe