Original Painting on Canvas
Artist Location: Maryland
Size: 36 x 60 inches
From the Artist - What is Black Art
Black Art is art produced by individuals intimately connected to the Diaspora through transmission of the mysterious DNA. The DNA of approximately 13 million Individuals removed from the African Continent, the DNA of authors, scholars, diplomats and kings who widely traveled the globe. Black Art is all of these influences. The abstract representations of African tribal spiritual work and classical painting techniques of artists like Joshua Johnson and Augustus Drake. My originals are for the most part unknown to me but I feel their infused influences in my work at every turn. It is my artistic obligation to remain true to the patch of diasporic quilt speaking to me. This abstract thought is what drives my work. The maternal side of my lineage is strong. The images I show you are the result of my use of the mysterious DNA and tangible connections to humanity. Connections allowing me to meet someone from a remote Cammaroonian Tikar tribe who explains why we are all cousins. Years later another artist from Burkina Faso tells me this same philosophical vision of the Diaspora. Connections taking me to a small village outside of Paris, Giverny. A village of 500 people to meet a beautiful African woman living there from Cote d'Ivoire for two generations. Connections taking me to Italy to become friends with a Black woman who has never traveled to either the North American continent nor the African continent. These connections are for me the beauty of what Black Art is. The visual realization of the tangible connection of the maternal Diaspora to me and to my work.
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