I'm launching my online store this month, been getting busy in the studio.
These pieces are part of a show in Philly called Art Noir: The Parisian Embrace. The show is on display at Vivant Gallery from April 15 to May 28th, 2011. Visit website for directions.
From the press release: April 15 - May 28th, 2011 Vivant will be hosting a month long art exhibition entitled "Noir: The Parisian Embrace" as a part of Pennsylvania International Festival of the Arts' Gallery Night. The art exhibition will explore periods ranging from the late 1800s to the 1960s, when African American artists expiated to Paris, France as result of racial prejudices and segregation. When America refused to celebrate black art Paris did by opening their city, musical stages, and art gallery walls to many black American artists such as singers Josephine Baker, Nina Simone and Charlie Parker; writers Langston Hughes and Richard Wright; and painters Henry Ossawa Tanner and Herbert Gentry.
In the 1920s and after World War II black American writers, artists, and musicians arrived in Parisand popularized jazz in Parisian nightclubs, a time when Montmartre was known as "the Harlem ofParis." During the same time, the development of traditional African sculpture became a powerful influence among European artists who formed an avant-garde aesthetic in the development of modern art. In the words of artist David C. Driskell, "They chose a form of cultural exile over expatriation, hoping for a better day to come about in the land of their birth." website link.