Original Oil Painting

Oil On Canvas 

40cm X 50cm

Created 2022

My visit to the tiny island of Madaripara on May 10th gave me a great insight into the unique partnership of Friendship and the local community. 

Whilst on the island I met Nurjamal. Nurjamal was from another island but he had visited  Madaripara and was helping work on the fields. I found Nurjamal to be a fascinating man, he was a real character and had great pride in how the community was coping with the devastation of the growing number of floods. I could see in Nurjamal a real joy, a confidence and a feeling of hope which was incredible bearing in mind the anxiety and fear that floods would bring. This raised so many questions in my mind because I could feel the pride and hope in almost everyone that I met in the village and I wanted to focus on these questions in my portrait of Nurjamal, I wanted to create a puzzle which would ask the question of how despite such fear and desperation such feelings of hope and happiness could flourish.


All proceeds will go to www.friendship.ngo.

“Nurjamal” is also available as a signed limited edition print, please see the “Bangladesh and Climate Change” series on the limited edition print section of the website.

If you would like to commission a portrait please contact James by email james@jamesearleyartist.com or by mobile 0044 7551616352


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