Cam Portland is an abstract expressionist artist based in South London. His work predominantly speaks to culture, identity and social issues. The latest body of work titled; “The San People of London”. The series is heavily influenced by the San Bushmen tribe. The San people are one of the world’s most ancient people and reportedly the oldest race in Southern Africa, dating back 20,000 years.
Distinguishing facial features such as their protruding cheekbones, broad noses and fuller lips, are a focal point that parallel with Portland’s images. Once used as the basis for racist overtures, Portland’s highlighting seeks to educate, celebrate and challenge the now fetishization of what was once paired with absolute negative connotations.