Artist of the moment…….Michael Ray Charles

 

Michael Ray Charles is an African- American painter renown for his art that explores the advertising and race. Some subjects covered by Charles include the National Basketball Association, Aunt Jemima, and even fried chicken! Charles likes to include modern ideas such as the N.B.A. with older style advertising formats that were very popular in yesteryear.

The artist works with acrylics and latex and often scrapes and somewhat damages his surfaces to give his works an older feel, as if they were an actual advertisement.

Michael Ray Charles was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in the year 1967. Charles attended McNeese State University located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The artist went on to graduate school and earned an MFA from the University of Houston.

In this clip from Art21 and PBS, a brief interview with the artist explaining his thoughts on race and how he uses race in his artwork:

Charles has served on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

 

A few artists that also work with the theme of race include Kara Walker and Kerry James Marshall.

 

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