An information and human rights resource  




These Human Rights paintings, The Black Portraits, record, remember and celebrate the lives of twenty Human Rights Champions of the twenty-first century with twenty stories and twenty paintings.


The twenty champions, from around the world, have all been imprisoned or killed defending human rights. Some have now been released and their actual portraits are included in exhibitions when possible.

Each painting shows something of the story and the tragedy on a large canvas with the recognisable head of the human rights champion painted only in thick black paint.

Exhibition of the paintings and the associated events and schools learning programme give continuing awareness of The Human Rights Champions’ and their fellow citizens’ plight and the governance of their country together with the need for improved social justice in all countries. N.B 10th February 2021 Loujain al-Hathloul was released from prison.



MAY 2021

Please note all the images on this website are copyright Paul Piercy ©.


Information on the painter can be found at

Paul Piercy LOGO The-Black-Portraits-exhibition-at-Discovery-Museum