Radio Raheem (2022)


Video Walkthrough of the (Framed) Original

Inspiration for Radio Raheem abstract artwork

I grew up in the 80s. Boom boxes, cassettes, walkmans – anything analog – is nostalgia to me. When I was brainstorming ideas for my next art piece, I knew I wanted to capture this. I stumbled across a picture of the ‘Super Jumbo’ boombox. It was instant – I had to incorporate it into a piece! Finding the picture also lead me to discover the movie ‘Do the Right Thing’ in which one of the characters carries around the boombox.

Radio Raheem and Super Jumbo Boombox from the Film Do The Right Thing
Radio Raheem played by Bill Nunn

‘Do the Right Thing’ (1989) is a comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. Wikipedia puts it as “a Brooklyn neighborhood’s simmering racial tension between its African-American residents and the Italian-American owners of a local pizzeria, culminating in tragedy and violence on a hot summer day.” I highly recommend seeing the movie so I won’t give any spoilers here. But I will say that the character, Radio Raheem, is significant.


In the movie, his boombox blasts “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy. What other songs might play from Raheem’s boombox – then and now? For fun, I put together a 32-song playlist. One song for each cassette tape in the border of the piece.



Color-corrected digital


Picture of the framed original

Development of Radio Raheem

Radio Raheem early outline
Initial sketch
Radio Raheem outline before coloring
Early outline
Radio Raheem laying down color
Early coloring
Radio Raheem considering color placement with tiles
Considering color with color tiles
Radio Raheem artwork by Chris Freyer
Final piece
Acrylic paint pens and colors used in Radio Raheem artwork by Chris Freyer
Acrylic paint pens used


Posca acrylic paint pens

Molotow acrylic paint pens

Montana acrylic paint pens

Westcott ruler and shape templates

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