A mural of historical Black men politicians in a local Donaldsonville, LA high school by one of its students is garnering quite a bit of attention. The painting of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley looking deep in thought by student senior Tamerick Zachary is actually one part of his senior project, whereas it looks like commissioned work from a mature artist.
However, Zachary says he has been drawing since the age of 5, possibly younger, so this is not new to him. He is well known by his peers and community for his skills. When one of his classmates, Brandon Augusta, was killed in 2014, Zachary drew a portrait of him for his family that same night and then had other classmates sign it.
The unique thing about the mural is that it appears to “break up” when close upon it and then “come together again” once you step back. The effect is due to the breakdown of black, gray, and white with a process known as monochromatic scale.
Zachary is currently working on a women of historic Black women after being asked to do one by the women faculty at Donaldsonville High School. This mural is to include Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Michelle Obama, and he has already drawn Dr. Maya Angelou..
“I’m just doing it for the school. It’s a gift for the school,” he told The Advocate newspaper which is located in Baton Rouge, LA.
The senior credits his big brother for inspiring his interest in drawing.
Zachary is also a long distance runner at DHS and looking into colleges where he can continue to study his passion for art.