FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: A Smile That Aint A Smile But Teeth

September 3rd, 2014


Reginald Ingraham Gallery proudly presents a new exhibition of works by Umar Rashid.

(Frohawk Two Feathers)

“A Smile That Aint A Smile But Teeth” September 6 – October 18, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

In A Smile That Aint A Smile But Teeth, artist, performer, and storyteller, Umar Rashid opens his first solo show under his aforementioned birth name at the Reginald Ingraham Gallery. In the art world, Rashid is better known as “Frohawk Two Feathers” – his nom-de-plum and alter ego. This Homeric and Tolkien-esque raconteur is known for reweaving and reinventing a master narrative based on the supposition that France and England had united as “Frengland.” In his painted and sculpted saga, Two Feathers invites viewers through tales of woe and into bloody battles, introduces them to traitorous heroes and lost loves, and amuses them with his wit, humor, and biting sense of irony.

In this new body of work, Rashid aimed to “examine the self-identity of the black man in America” Exploring the current political climate, inherited historical truisms, and other influences from his upbringing, Rashid reflects and refracts murky worldviews, deeply engrained stereotypes, and grayish truths, all while illuminating mishaps, mistakes, and mistruths of master American mythologies. Here we see Two Feathers as Rashid and the reverse – something Rashid described as a “tromp-l’oeil effect of Two Feathers without the long extensive narrative story,” presenting a rich body of work and an enticing series of questions about the same topics that haunt the Frenglish Empire – the role of influential and pejorative stereotypes, racism, capitalism, and imperialism. *

Umar Rashid, (Frohawk Two Feathers) has had recent solo museum exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Co, Nevada Museum of Art, Wellin Museum of Art, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Umar was born in Chicago, Illinois and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. This will be his first show at Reginald Ingraham Gallery.

* Excerpts from Ellen C. Caldwell

Reginald Ingraham Gallery
6021 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, California
(310) 558-1965

FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

April 26th, 2013

I Get The Paper So I Don't Care. 2012. Frohawk Two Feathers. Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles

We are pleased to announce gallery artist Frohawk Two Feathers in a solo show

You Can Fall: The War of the Mourning Arrows (An Introduction to the Americans and a Requiem for Willem Ferdinand)

Opening Saturday, April 26, 2013, 6-8 pm
On view until Saturday, June 30, 2013

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901




March 28th, 2013

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We are pleased to announce gallery artists Chris Natrop and Frohawk Two Feathers are featured in

In Case We Don’t Die

Opening Saturday, March 30, 2013, 6-9 pm
On view until Saturday, May 18, 2013


Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503




March 12th, 2013

Come meet gallery artist Frohawk Two Feathers.

WHEN:  Friday March 15, 2013, 12:00-1:00PM
(775) 329-3333

is also on exhibit at the museum until June 9, 2013 in Gallery North.
Click HERE to see invitation.


FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: Prop 37 Video with Mia Doi Todd and Om’Mas Keith

October 11th, 2012

Frohawk Two Feathers Vote Yes On Prop 37

Gallery artist Frohawk Two Feathers recorded a song and video with Mia Doi Todd & Om’Mas Keith in support of California Proposition 37 GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS. LABELING. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Election day, November 6, 2012 is fast approaching, and Californians have the opportunity to pass this very important law.

Proposition 37 would require food sold in supermarkets to be labeled if it contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Studies have shown links between GMOs and cancer, allergies, and organ toxicity.

Monsanto and other GMO and pesticide firms have contributed nearly $35 million to oppose Proposition 37.

All of Europe, Russia, India, Japan and China require labeling of genetically engineered food, and so should we.

We are what we eat, and we have the right to know what we are eating! 

For more information on Proposition 37, visit:

Performed by Mia Doi Todd, Frohawk Two Feathers and Om’Mas Keith

Produced by Om’Mas Keith and Mia Doi Todd

For more information, visit and California Right To Know – Yes on Prop 37


September 27th, 2012



and gallery artist Frohawk Two Feather in collaboration have made a handbag from high quality fabric that is hand selected from around the world, and one-of-a-kind!

Click HERE to view little Joyce’s website


September 12th, 2012

Frohawk Two Feathers On 'All Gold Everything. An Elegy,' His Haitian And Hip Hop Homage, At Taylor De Cordoba Gallery. The Huffington Post  |  By Priscilla Frank

In conjunction with his newly opened exhibition All Gold Everything. An Elegy at Taylor De Cordoba, Frohawk Two Feathers is interviewed by Priscilla Frank for HuffPost Arts & Culture.

“Frohawk Two Feather is an artist, historian, myth-maker and codifier. As his unusual moniker suggests, Frohawk is not your average storyteller. His illustrated tales look like the unexpected menage-a-trois of your history textbook, a romantic-era portrait, and your fav old school hip hop album art. It doesn’t quite make sense and yet, it works.”

Frohawk Two Feathers, All Gold Everything. An Elegy. Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles

Click HERE to see full article

FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: All Gold Everything. An Elegy

August 24th, 2012

Frohawk Two Feathers
All Gold Everything. An Elegy
September 8 – October 27, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 6-8PM

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present All Gold Everything. An Elegy, a new series of paintings on paper by Los Angeles artist, Frohawk Two Feathers. The exhibition will run from September 8 – October 27, 2012 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 8th from 6 – 8PM.

All gold. All gold anything. (x4) I want. I want everything.
All gold. All gold anything. (x2) All gold. All gold everything.

So begins Soulja Boy and Young L’s 2011 hip-hop hit “All Gold Everything.”  And so ends the final chapter of Frohawk’s trilogy detailing the battles for and the eventual conquest of Hispaniola. Beginning in LA in 2011 and looping across the country to NY, Denver, and back to LA again, the story follows Andre Lafayette (a character loosely based on Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines) and his confederates as they eliminate (and co-opt) their former colonial masters, the Company Crocodile, and anyone who would stand in their way.

In his typical complex fashion, Frohawk weaves layered and at times clashing stories of falsified, glorified, and rectified histories that draw upon various traditions and religions, forming connections across time and geographical space.

Although still painted in his recognizable and signature style, the works in All Gold Everything. An Elegy highlight a brighter, more vivid, and tropical color palette of vibrant blues, yellows and lush greens.  Stylistically, Frohawk creates his own iconographic language, mixing Egyptian, Carib/Arawak, African, Pre-Columbian, and Abrahamic symbolism. This convergence of both domestic and imported religions and
cultural traditions results in a syncretism typical of Frohawk’s graphic interwoven tales.

Works include “Let Me Upgrade Ya,” and “Most Young Kings (The Death of Andre I)” demonstrating the artist’s continuous vocal narrative and visual mix of all things current and past.

Frohawk Two Feathers has exhibited internationally with shows in Miami, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. and Cape Town. His work is currently on view at the MCA Denver for his solo exhibition We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls. The artist has been featured in myriad publications including Art in America, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Flaunt, New American Paintings and The Huffington Post, among others. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: Artist Conversation

July 17th, 2012

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is hosting an Artist Conversation with Frohawk Two Feathers.

Wednesday July 18th, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street
Denver, CO

For more information, visit MCA Denver’s website.

FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: Frohawk Two Feathers: We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, at MCA Denver

June 20th, 2012

June 21 – September 9, 2012

Taylor De Cordoba is thrilled to announce that MCA Denver will present the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to the work of Frohawk Two Feathers, the pseudonym for L.A.-based artist Umar Rashid. The exhibition, entitled Frohawk Two Feathers: We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, will be on view from June 21, 2012 through September 9, 2012, and feature more than 20 paintings, works on paper and sculpture. Over the course of his career, Frohawk Two Feathers has created works that provide a magnificent re-imagining of history, narrating the story of Frengland, his fictionalized empire of a combined France and England. His drawings are detailed accounts of the traditions and rituals associated with the Frenglish leaders and culture, confronting issues of racism, power, greed, and ideological opposition within an invented period during the eighteenth century. By re-imagining colonial history, his work shows the subjective nature of historical recollection.

Co-curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Tricia Robson, the presentation at MCA Denver focuses on key characters and battles from the initial formation and early expansion of Frengland, as well as subsequent imperial conquests and campaigns against the crown. Rooted in this early history, the artist produced new works for this exhibition that further develop the complex narrative of the Frenglish empire, expanding the scope of his earlier work to North America and linking the narrative of Frengland to Colorado.

The exhibition’s opening celebration kicks off Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 6PM for members and 8PM for non-members. The museum’s hours will be extended until midnight (12AM, Friday, June 22), with special events surrounding the summer solstice, including a rap performance with Superdeluxe featuring Umar Rashid and Micah James.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Tina Walls, MCA Denver’s Director’s Vision Society members, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. We would also like to further thank the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.