Turnier is a Haitian artist who along with other artists affiliated with the Le Centre d’Arts in Haiti, including Albert Mangones, Gerald Bloncourt, Maurice Borno, Rigaud Benoit, Hector Hyppolite, Daniel Lafontant, formed the nexus of the Haitian Art Movement. The period between 1946 and 1950, encompassing the early years of Turnier's artistic work, is also called "The Haitian Renaissance."Unfortunately, during the age of McCarthyism in the 1940s-50s many works by Haiti’s mod
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
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.
In her words: “My work deals with the social, spiritual and cultural identity of people of African ancestry. Jamaican people and my memories of living there, served as a catalyst for this body of work. The intent of my work is for it to function as a voice for those ‘every day‘ folk who are overlooked and shunned because of their station in life.” “Inspired by and images of royalty of the Akan people of Ghana and other parts of West Africa; I decided to turn regular folk into
Gwendolyn Knight Did you know that Gwendolyn Knight was married to the famous artist, Jacob Lawrence? You can actually see some of her work in DC. The DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present Jacob Lawrence & Gwen Knight: Intersections, on view from February 16 – March 27, 2021. This focused exhibition offers viewers an opportunity to see rare examples of work by both artists, celebrating their life together over sixty years. Gwendolyn Knight was a humble and very talented arti
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.
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
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