Drop us a note if you’ve used art therapy or you are an art therapist. Did you know that Georgette Seabrooke Powell was one of the earliest proponents of using art in therapy? According to Michelle Black Smith, “Troubled by the increasing homelessness seen on the streets of D.C. in the 70s and 80s due to shrinking mental health resources, and growing populations of war veterans and the unemployed, Georgette turned to her artwork to express her sympathy and outrage.”at-the-fee
Do you want me to create a piece of art in the style of Aminah Robinson? Let me know in the comments. “She’s a magic maker, she’s an alchemist…” Joyce Scott (Artist) Her aesthetic resonates with my aesthetic. Sometimes it is hard to narrow down your creativity or limit it to one thing or one style, or even one medium. And I guess for artists and creatives, the saying "jack of all trades, but master of none" resonates in the psyche, which may keep one from being productive at
Comment if you know another artist that can produce fine art using crayons? Minnie Evans was notorious for drawing with anything on hand, including discarded window shades, book bindings, scrap paper. She also favored the use of Crayola crayons as she said “they are the best.” Come on @crayola ! Minnie Eva Evans was an African American artist who worked in the United States from the 1940s to the 1980s. Evans used different types of media in her work such as oils and graphite,
Rainey is an up and coming visual artist who’s state d mission is to “sell enough art to fund Black Liberation movements.” I love that she understands how the work that Black artists do is a collective, and important work for the culture. Artists are essential to Black culture. The artist statement: “By centering her work around social justice, specifically in regard to Black Americans, community becomes the key to liberation. Her artwork taps into aspects of the Black commu
Kara Walker Kara Walker is among the most complex and prolific American artists of her generation. Over the past decade, she has gained national and international recognition for her room-size tableaux depicting historical narratives haunted by sexuality, violence, and subjugation through the genteel 18th-century art of cut-paper silhouettes. Over the years the artist has used drawing, painting, light projections, writing, shadow puppetry, and, most recently, film animation t
Fabiola Jean-Louis In her own words: “I have an obsession with exposing what lies beneath the surface. It is my constant examination of the spirit, and no doubt - my intense curiosity with the cycle of life and death. http://www.fabiolajeanlouis.com/about “Fabiola Jean-Louis was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti on September 10th, 1978 and moved to Brooklyn, NY at a young age. Her work grew to include other subjects, and costumes, as well as sculptures made entirely out of paper.
We celebrate Charles White. Never underestimate the power of exposing children to art early in life. White’s mother took him to the @artinstitutechi Art Institute of Chicago early in life. She also gave him his first set of oil paints at the age of 7. Did you know that Charles White was the contemporary of many of the Black artists that we’ve covered so far? Some of his closest friends were Harry Belafonte, Jacob Lawrence, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and W. E. B. DuBois.
I am full today. My spirit is restored and renewed by the wealth of beauty that my people possess. I knew that my journey of discovering Black artists would bring about a wealth of knowledge and more appreciation for beautiful art. However, I did not realize how emotional the trek will be. Many of the artists we have talked about so far saw themselves as human beings who had something to say about the world around them. These artists used the gifts to create pieces that force
Horace Pippin Horace Pippin was an African American WWI soldier from Pennsylvania. He served honorably in the 39th Infantry Regiment, a division of African American soldiers and was shot in the right shoulder. His battalion was all Black because white servicemen refused to serve with Black men. It would turn out to be only 1 of the 4 African American regiments that would see battle. HTTPS://philamuseum.org After serving, Mr. Pippin figured out a way to paint and created a las
Clementine Hunter We celebrate Clementine Hunter. Ms Hunter was a folk artist. Ms Hunter was a not so modern day creative. She could do it all! She made some of the most beautiful quilts and tapestries that told stories of the buildings on Melrose Plantation where she live for most of her 101 years. Experts say that “Hunter made several quilts that were [very] abstract.” These abstract quilts matched her later abstract and impressionist paintings. She once said that “I just g
We celebrate Aaron Douglas as the “Father of Black American Art” One of the many things that struck me about Douglas is his portrayal of Black women. Theartstory.com says: throughout his career, Douglas was interested in the representation of Black women. Douglas said “we are possessed with the idea that it is necessary to be white, to be beautiful. Nine times out of ten it is just the reverse...” According to Amy Kirschke, Douglas’s amazing success was greatly influenced by
In the @hbo documentary, Black Art: In the Absence of Light, Ms Ringgold stated when Black women artists were rarely exhibited, that “I did what I wanted to do and paid the price. I just stayed out ‘til I get in.” She supported the feminist art movement since the 70’s when the mainstream feminist movement really didn’t accept women who looked like her. She was a trailblazer and unashamed to tell her story. Early on when denied the opportunity to author her story, she composed
Basquiat's 1982 painting brought $110.5 million @sotherbys to become the 6th most expensive work ever sold at auction. His work was blatant, in your face, unashamed, focused and intuitive. Basquiat seemed to carry the weight of the crimes against humanity on his shoulders that would transfer to his paint brush. #blackgirlsillustrate #blackartists #artoftheday #digitalart #artist #contemporaryart #bythings #painting #creativewomen #blackartistspace #digitaldrawing #painter #
One could say that Romare Bearden worked as a social worker by day and an artist, songwriter and poet by night. Bearden is the nation's foremost collagist and known as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century (@everickbrowndesign). Music was interwoven in his pieces. As an artist of the Harlem Renaissance, he worked to create a space for Black artists in the American art scene. #blackpride #blackpower #blackgirlmagic #blackhistorymonth #blackgirlsrock #bla
Jacob Lawrence most famous art pieces is a series called Migration Series which shows the migration of Black Americans from the South to the North. Jacob Lawrence called his style "dynamic cubism". He used bright, bold colors to show stories portraying African-American life. #blackartmatters #cubism #blackart #blackpride #jacoblawrence #dopeart #supportblackart
Bisa Butler is an American fiber artist. Her quilted portraits of regular African American people celebrate everyday life. These individuals would normally not have had a platform or recognized for their beauty and grace. Butler was taught by the great Elizabeth Catlett and other Harlem Renaissance artists. #BisaButler #quilts #fiberportraits #blackwomanartist #blackishartbox #blackart #blackfemaleartist #africanamerican