There’s something about the big blue bus that engulfs and almost overwhelms the painting, ‘Leaving Jamestown’ by Nii T. Mills. The bus is a cavernous, imposing presence. As if there’s a whole other world happening inside it. And then there’s the boy, clutching his bag tightly, slightly slumped, broken by life but still optimistic… but
He welcomed me with a smile. He was wearing a paint-spattered T-shirt and a pair of shorts; looking quite dishevelled in a ‘busy artist’ sort of way, yet remarkably dignified. His studio was littered with empty tubes of paint, like some sort of random installation. The table had packets of unopened paint tubes arranged quite neatly.