African American Art

~Snow White~

I’m soooooooooo sorry I’ve been inactive! D:

I’ve had the worst block ever, but I figured out that I’ve just gotta push through. With that I bring you my latest piece fresh out the oven. 

I had this idea a while back about how cool it would be if there were a black Snow White. In the original fairy tale, her beauty is attributed to the strong contrast in her white skin against her black hair and eyes, so I thought hmm… What if it was her snowy hair and eyes that contrasted against her dark skin? I referenced a few things for this painting, I’m happy with the turnout, hope you guys are too.

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ARCHIBALD JOHN MOTLEY | ART OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

– Most known for his colorful chronicling of the African-American experience during the 1920s and 1930s

– Considered one of the major contributors to the Harlem Renaissance, or the New Negro Movement, a time in which African American art reached new heights not just in New York but across America.

– Specialized in portraiture and saw it “as a means of affirming racial respect and race pride.

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Black and Gold

DONE! Now I can sleep :P.

Not much to tell here. A woman and a dragon. A dragon because I wanted to try painting something new. Also there’s just something I LOVE about dark skin and gold. It just feels right.

Respect my art! No stealing, no reposting outside of tumblr please (ask me!)! 

Hope y'all like!

stock used: http://dtroyt.deviantart.com/

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BLACK LOVE

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1) Gentleman with Negro Attendant by Ralph Earl, 1785-88. New Britain Museum of American Art.

2) Jaavon with Unknown Gentleman by Titus Kaphar. New Britain Museum of American Art.

“Earl’s portrait depicts a large, well-dressed white man waited on by a young black boy.  This kind of portrait – where a servant is portrayed only as a sign of the wealth of his master – was common in Colonial America. As Kaphar elaborates, ‘In the original painting, Gentleman with Negro Attendant the black child is stripped of all identity.  He has no name, grotesquely articulated features and is bereft of human dignity.  In Jaavon and the Unknown Gentleman, the black figure is replaced with a living and particular child – my young neighbor.’ In repainting Earl’s original work, Kaphar returns specificity to the figure of the black boy. The “gentleman”, however, becomes “unknown”, as Kaphar cuts holes in the canvas where the head and hands of the “gentleman” were once rendered. By changing the original title, Kaphar further shifts the underlying power structure in Earl’s portrait.”–NBMAA Blog

Link here: http://nbmaa.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/using-holes-to-reveal-historys-blindspots/

Part of the AMAZING Appropriation and Inspiration project! So proud of my local museum! 

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Take inspiration from “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.” Make art with us this Sunday during our Martin Luther King Jr Family Celebration.

“Hands” Quilt, Winter 1980, by Sarah Mary Taylor