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New Collage!……The Collector / African American Room

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So here we have a new paper collage. I enjoy celebrating the collector in art. This room is called the African American Room.

Each artist is an African American.

On the left we have Alma Thomas. Thomas was one of few African American Abstract Expressionist paintings. She was known for her basic geometric shapes and using bold and vivid color. Alma Thomas lived from 1891 to 1978.

In the middle we have Kara Walker. ¬†For this work I made the dancer Josephine Baker using Kara Walker’s signature paper cut out with black paper. Walker enjoys portraying racism and actions that took place in the 1800s. Slavery and persecution are a repeated topic. I chose to liven up the work by adding some fleur de lis feathers. As an African American woman Josephine Baker chose to move to France and live where she could be seen and celebrated and not worry about her race. Kara Walker was born in 1969.

Lastly on the right we have the wonderful Jacob Lawrence. Jacob Lawrence lived from 1917 to 2000. A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance Lawrence made wonderful works of art celebrating the African American culture and in particular the Great Migration to the northern United States after the tough road of civil rights and freedom taking place in the South.

The work is small measuring 12 inches by 12 inches.

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Awesome Acrylic Artist series…..Mickalene Thomas….

The artist paints with various media including acrylics, enamel, and rhinestones on wood panel.

Clip for a 2008 show.

Clip for a 2009 show.

Another interview with the artist showing her while she works on a piece.

Happy painting!

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I find her work to be similar to the Blaxpoitation movies of the 1960s and 1970s. The women are highly adorned in jewelry and made to look very sexy at all times. For me I enjoy the different mediums she uses. Many artists such as Fab Five Freddy have copied her in putting rhinestones in their artwork. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Plus the sizes she paints, sometimes a painting might be 60 to 70 inches, is quite remarkable.

Mickalene Thomas was born in 1971.

The artist went to Pratt Institute for her B.A. in 2000 as well as Yale for her M.F.A. in 2002. Now makes New York City her home.

Did a portrait of the President’s wife that was the first one done of her and displayed in the National Portrait gallery. Spent 2011 as an artist in residence in France. Has work in the Museum of Modern Art Collection.

Try using some mixed media in your works. Be sure and check out this artist as well as Robert Kushner to see how the modern mixed media masters work!

Happy painting!

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