Artist ~ John Holyfield
San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts
Artist ~ John Holyfield
If the painting that hangs on the wall behind Washington Post syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson during his interviews on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” looks familiar to people affiliated with Claflin University, there is a good reason.
If the painting that hangs on the wall behind Washington Post syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson during his
RECOMMENDED READING: In the past two centuries, the African diaspora generated a wide array of artistic achievements. While many black artists sought to visually express the Black experience and culture through a creative lens, others desired to be referred to simply as "artists" without a qualifying racial identifier.
Born Los Angeles, CA 1926
Betye Saar was born in Pasadena, California. During visits to her grandmother in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, she watched as the fantastic Watts Towers were slowly being constructed by Simon Rodia out of broken glass, bottle tops, and other junk. The experience would later influence her own work.
Saar was a latecomer to art. Graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1949 and then marrying, she returned to California State University at Long Beach to earn a teaching certificate. There she was exposed to printmaking and decided to get an MFA in graphic design. However, when her prints began to win competitions, she reconsidered and at the age of thirty-four turned to art as a full-time career.
Her first works were color etchings, but in the late sixties, she changed direction after attending an exhibition of boxes by Joseph Cornell. Drawing on a childhood interest in mysticism and the occult, she began a series of boxes based on African and Oceanic myths. The death of Martin Luther King, Jr., prompted her to produce a second group of works based on racial slurs common in advertising and stereotypes of blacks preserved by white folklore. In subsequent works Saar evoked her bittersweet youth in the twenties and thirties, making assemblages that included faded bits of lace, photographs, and other memorabilia. In her most recent art, Saar’s social commentary has been enriched by personal symbolism tied to her own emotional explorations.BornBorn
Highly recommended Documentary. Fascinating memorilization of a life gone too soon. This documentary is on hulu or you tube. Please enjoy!
Boom For Real explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. In theaters May 11th. #BoomForReal http://www.boomforrealfi...
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Introduction to the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection with Curator Melissa Barton
Melissa Barton, one of the two curators of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters in the Yale Collection of Americ...
Suggested Reading: In 1974, Middleton A. Harris and Toni Morrison led a team of gifted, passionate collectors in compiling these images and nearly five hundred others into one sensational narrative of the black experience in America—The Black Book. Now in a newly restored hardcover edition, The Black Book remains a breathtaking testament to the legendary wisdom, strength, and perseverance of black men and women intent on freedom. Prominent collectors Morris Levitt, Roger Furman, and Ernest Smith joined Harris and Morrison (then a Random House editor, ultimately a two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning Nobel Laureate) to spend months studying, laughing at, and crying over these materials—transcripts from fugitive slaves’ trials and proclamations by Frederick Douglass and celebrated abolitionists, as well as chilling images of cross burnings and lynchings, patents registered by black inventors throughout the early twentieth century, and vibrant posters from “Black Hollywood” films of the 1930s and 1940s. Indeed, it was an article she found while researching this project that provided the inspiration for Morrison’s masterpiece, Beloved.
A labor of love and a vital link to the richness and diversity of African American history and culture, The Black Book honors the past, reminding us where our nation has been, and gives flight to our hopes for what is yet to come. Beautifully and faithfully presented and featuring a foreword and original poem by Toni Morrison, The Black Book remains a timeless landmark work.
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Skills of observation, experimentation, replication, and communication applied to both art and science, making George W. Carver as comfortable in the sciences as in the arts.
The paintings of Billy Dee Williams explore the architecture of dreams and emotions, the mysterious qualities of the human experience that move in subtle currents under the surface of everyday life. He depicts an "abstraction of reality" - images rendered in a figurative style that bridge the visible world of the here and now with the invisible terrain of feelings and imagination. His large-scale works brim with a tension of movement that is achieved through the use of dramatic perspective and a cinematically inspired flair of nuance. Billy Dee Williams palette - cool, misty, and luminous - underscores the dreamy ambience of his compositions.
Billy Dee Williamsilly Dee Williams grew up in Harlem with a family that actively encouraged his artistic abilities and fostered an enthusiasm for all forms of cultural expression. He began drawing at an early age and won scholarships to the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design in New York. There he studied classical principles of painting. Ironically, it was the need to earn money to buy paints and canvas that brought Williams his extensive credits in both television and film. In 1988, he renewed his enthusiasm for painting during an acting appearance in New York. Since 1991, he has had numerous solo art exhibitions across America, and has donated paintings to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and The Schomburg Museum in New York. Williams calls his paintings abstract reality to express the underlying principles behind them. He draws his subjects from life: people he has met, situations he has lived, and sometimes characters he doesn't know, but whose idiosyncratic appearance or behavior has caught his eye.
Though revered for his iconic Star Wars persona, few know that the first love of Billy Dee Williams was fine art.
“Colored Frames” reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.
Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny.
Impressionistic video collages showcase the wide variety, both thematically and stylistically, of contemporary pieces of black artists working in the genres of illustration, abstraction and surrealism, among others.
A look back at the last fifty years in African American art, Colored Frames is an unflinching exploration of influences, inspirations and experiences of blac...
BORN ON THIS DAY: Jacob Armstead Lawrence (September 7, 1917 - June 9, 2000) He is one of the best-known 20th-century African-American painters, known for his portrayal of African-American historical subjects and contemporary life.
Lawrence referred to his style as "dynamic cubism," though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem. He brought the African-American experience to life using blacks and browns juxtaposed with vivid colors. He also taught and spent 16 years as a professor at the University of Washington.
At the age of 23, Lawrence gained national recognition with his 60-panel The Migration Series, which depicted the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. The series was purchased jointly by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Lawrence's works are in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Northwest Art. His 1947 painting The Builders hangs in the White House.
(info: Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem & The New York Times)
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Thanks to television and movies, millions of people see the works of Paul Goodnight and don't even know it. You could be watching Will Smith in "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Seinfeld," "ER" or the award-winning movie "Ghost," and at some point, you will probably notice his distinctive paintings on the walls.
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Official page for award winning London based pencil artist Kelvin Okafor. Master of freehand hyper-realism pencil artist. Join Kelvin Okafor online academy to take your drawing the the absolute next level
Artist: Valencia Johnson
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John Carroll Doyle was born December 22, 1942 in Charleston, SC and is internationally recognized for his energetic, light filled paintings of subjects as diverse as blues musicians, blue marlins, and blue hydrangeas. Sadly Mr. Doyle left this earth on November 12, 2014 at the young age of 71. The artist got his start with his distinctive sport fishing paintings which began to grace the covers of many popular sport fishing magazines in the 1980s. He continued to build momentum throughout the 1980s and the 1990s with his now famous, commissioned, large scale paintings that can be seen gracing the walls of many of Charleston restaurants and historic homes, as well as clubs, resorts, and restaurants as far afield as Illinois, California, Virginia, and Australia. Over the course of his four decade long career, John became a seasoned, American Impressionist whose muse was always Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry.
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I see it as a great introductory item to seed their interest in culture, in a visual aesthetic, while also allowing people to start to collect art
FEATURED ARTIST: SAN DIEGO'S OWN, MANUELITA BROWN
Featured: Artist Carren Clarke
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Featured Artist: CARREN CLARKE
Carren Clarke Artist Statement When the phone rings, and we answer, sometimes, on the other end is actually a doorway to the path for which one is meant to travel. Some years ago, my interest in learning and creatin
RECOMMENDED READING: Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship Experience
Book by Barbranda Lumpkins Walls and Jason Miccolo Johnson
Featuring 170 duo-tone photographs, a photographic study of the seminal role of the black church within the African-American community captures the unique worship experience in a multi-denominational odyssey through rural and urban centers of religion.
FEATURED ARTIST: Leonard Maiden
"As an artist I’m compelled to mine the aesthetic potential of African American imagery though my own experience and the whimsy of imagination . I feel a visual affinity for dark skin shining in the southern summer sun against the background of country sides, small town shops and cotton fields of the south and the way it's expressed in paint. The core content of my work is inspired by my parents who grew up on farms in Louisiana and Mississippi and my grandfather who raised cotton in Mississippi . Therefore cotton fields in my paintings serve as symbols of independence, strength and family love. Intuitively I employ these enigmatic narratives, and other props as devices that communicates a rich and diverse heritage. I want the content of my paintings to reflect an understanding of painting as a powerful communicative device to convey the joy, strength, and beauty of our people."
Titus Kaphar is an artist whose paintings, sculptures, and installations examine the history of representation by transforming its styles and mediums with formal innovations to emphasize the physicality and dimensionality of the canvas and materials themselves. His practice seeks to dislodge history from its status as the “past” in order to unearth its contemporary relevance. He cuts, crumples, shrouds, shreds, stitches, tars, twists, binds, erases, breaks, tears, and turns the paintings and sculptures he creates, reconfiguring them into works that reveal unspoken truths about the nature of history. Open areas become active absences; walls enter into the portraits; stretcher bars are exposed; and structures that are typically invisible underneath, behind, or inside the canvas are laid bare to reveal the interiors of the work. In so doing, Kaphar’s aim is to reveal something of what has been lost and to investigate the power of a rewritten history.
He gave a TED talk at the annual conference in Vancouver 2017, where he completed a whitewash painting, Shifting the Gaze, onstage. Kaphar’s work has been included in solo exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PS1 and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, among others. His work is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AK; the 21C Museum Collection; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, amongst others.
RECOMMENDED READING: 30 AMERICANS
Since the 1960s, Miami's Rubell family has collected the works of the most relevant contemporary African American artists as an integral part of their broader mission to collect the most interesting art of our time. 30 Americans serves as both the catalogue for their current exhibition of African American art at the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans and a visual record of the Rubell family's diverse collection, which spans genres and generations. This expanded third edition contains not only artists long collected by the Rubells such as Robert Colescott, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Renée Green, David Hammons, Barkley Hendricks, Kerry James Marshall, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and Carrie Mae Weems, but also those who have recently been catapulted to the forefront of the art world, such as Kalup Linzy, Nick Cave, Iona Rozeal Brown, Rashid Johnson, Mikalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Kehinde Wiley and Wangechi Mutu.
Featured: local artist: Stephen M. Jackson was born in New Haven Connecticut into a family of rich historical heritage including his uncle, artist and art professor Alex Brooks Jackson (A.B.Jackson) and inventor great-uncle Lewis Latimer, to name a few ancestors who encourage and inspire his artistry today.
By the age of 14 Jackson had moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands where he found a spiritual connection to his familial roots, the sea, the land and its people which helped shape both his philosophy on life and the subject matter of his future artistic works. His technical skill and focused detail in his art undoubtedly spun from his years of experience as an architectural and engineering draftsman and topographer in the Virgin Islands
Mr. Jackson has resided in Southern California since 1989 when he created Africarib Arts studio/boutique. As a former art director of Hill Street Café Gallery, he curated and organized art shows featuring the works of local and visiting artists to Oceanside California. He associates himself with Muramid Art and Culture Center in Oceanside as artist in residence,
He also prints his own designs producing an internationally popular catalog of shirt prints inspired by Caribbean culture and Reggae music. Mr. Jackson has been commissioned to create life like portraits, illustrate children's books for Dr. Doris Sims; created textile designs for Robert Kaufman Co. in Los Angeles and painted outdoor murals for the cities of Bellflower, Long Beach and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
For more information or queries regarding his commissioned work, please visit him on his page https://www.facebook.com/stephenjacksonart
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