Detroit artist Marlo Broughton’s latest exhibition, Long Days, No Dreams, portrays the ongoing fight for freedom and equal rights for people of color.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PERRY HASELDEN

On Feb. 19, Detroit-based artist Marlo Broughton, also known as “MARLOBRO,” debuted his new exhibition at Playground Detroit. Featuring graphic portraits of Black community leaders, anonymous figures, and historical events, Long Days No Dreams portrays the ongoing fight for freedom and equal rights for people of color.

“I paint the imagery in black and white, layered with historical references utilizing pops of color to grab the attention of the viewer,” says Broughton in a statement. “We tend to look into the future and not back in time, often without realizing that it may cause us to unintentionally repeat the past due to the systems and power that be. By carrying on without recognizing our power to change the future we could get stuck in the marathon of life.”

Broughton’s work is displayed on 1xRun, Playground Detroit, Murals in the Market Festival, Scope Miami Beach, Saatchi Art, and Singular, and avidly collected by individuals.

Read more about Marlo in our first feature on him in SEEN.

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Long Days, No Dreams Exhibit Opening by Marlo Broughton

 

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Marlo Broughton, Detroit; Floating in Space, 2022 Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches

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Diamond Cut, 2022 Acrylic on canvas 24 x 36 inches

 

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Oceans, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 in

 

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Chance Churchill, Southfield and Zoe Papini, New York City

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Brandon and Miriam Hodges, Detroit

 

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Marlo Broughton, Detroit; Zoe Beaudry, Detroit

 

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Ibrahim Ali Haidar-Ahmad, Dearborn; Marlo Broughton, Detroit

 

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Torrence Jackson, Detroit

 

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Lama Chamseddine, Highland Park; Ibrahim Ali Haidar-Ahmad, Dearborn

 

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Michael Copeland, Detroit

 

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Dajaniere Rice, Taylor; Julian Toles, Royal Oak

 

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Angela Broughton, Harrison Township and John Gray, Harrison Township

You can go behind the scenes with Marlo in this video interview and view and purchase available pieces of Marlo’s art here.

 

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