FINE ARTIST

Muhammad Ali Freedom Without A Crown

2018

This piece is based on Frank Dicksee’s ‘The Two Crowns’, which portrays an English medieval prince returning home in triumph.

The work puts Muhammad Ali in the position of the prince as an iconic anti-war and Civil Rights leader. He rides past the United States Supreme Court and statue of Abraham Lincoln, after winning his case against conscription to fight in the Vietnam War.

As the leader of a triumphant multicultural procession, Ali is an inspiration to both myself and Eric Cantona, for his moral position on human rights and pacifism.

Ali is also an example of a high-profile public figure using their platform to champion societal change and inspire generations to come.