African Female Artists

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Irma Stern

Country: Republic of South Africa

Style: Portraiture/ Impressionism

Medium: Oil, Gouache, Watercolour

Fun Fact: her work was unappreciated at first in South Africa where critics derided her early exhibitionsin the 1920s with reviews titled “Art of Miss Irma Stern - Ugliness as a cult”.  On her return to South Africa, equipped with influences from German expressionism she had her first exhibition but that was dismissed as “immoral” and became subject to police investigation.

Quote: It was a shock to me to see how the natural picturesqueness of the native in his kraal had almost disappeared … Today he has submitted to civilization … he wears Everyman’s clothes and boots. He looks odd and drab in this garb … to those of us who saw the beauty of the native in his natural state the change is sad.

Works

1. Portrait of a Young Girl

2. Bahora Girl

3. Woman Sewing Karos

4. Portrait of a Young Malay Girl

5.  Mangbetu woman

6. Portrait of Rebecca Hourwich Reyher

7. African Woman

8. Zanzibar

9. Malay GIrl

10. Woman with a Jug 

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Chakaia Booker

Country: United States

Style: Expressionist Sculpture

Medium: Rubber tires, metal and wood

Fun Fact: Booker builds her free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures by looping and layering carefully cut sections of tires and rubber tubes onto wood and steel armatures, making sure that the understructure is rarely visible. Drawing on her roots in textile art, she sometimes adapts weaving and tufting techniques to the rubber

Quote:

“I do get up each morning and begin my day sculpting myself,” Booker said. “It’s not that it’s a mirroring of exactly what I do (as an artist), but it is about coming to the creative moment right off the start.

"And it starts with me and making my own statement and having my own voice before I get to the studio to continue doing what I do.”


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Works

1. The Fatality of Hope,

2. “Meeting Ends,

3. Repugnant Rapunzel (let down your hair)

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Molly performing new music video for her latest single ‘Holy Molly’. Beautiful EDM song meet pure adrenaline.   Enjoy! 

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Elsa Gebreyesus

Country: Eritrea (via Ethiopia, Kenya and US)

Style: Abstract

Medium: Acrylic and Mixed Media

Fun Fact: 

Elsa Gebreyesus lived in Ethiopia, Kenya, and United States before going on to receive her BA from Brock University in Ontario, Canada. After Eritrea won its independence from Ethiopia, she lived there for five years, working as a Project Officer with an indigenous women’s organization.  After leaving Eritrea, she came to the U. S. where she’s been pursuing her career and her lifelong passion for art. In addition to her work and art, she also volunteers with organizations involved with human rights issues especially in Africa. She continues to learn from artists she admires and has been greatly influenced by modernist painters from both Africa and the West.

Quote: Each of my paintings starts with a loose sketch, landscape or object and is built up with layer upon layer of paint. Often it will be in a state of chaos before the process of adding and subtracting begins. I do not start with an end in mind when I begin a painting, instead the challenge is to find the end. This process to me is a type of meditation – an intimate conversation between the materials and myself.

I am drawn to abstract compositions because they require us to stop and reflect, to ask questions. Abstract art is also open to multiple interpretations. Each viewer will bring his or her own experiences into play as they contemplate the work.

Works

1.Toward the Horizon

2. Untitled

3.  Silenced II

4. Looking for Spring

5.  Cape Fuscia

6. In The Beginning

7. The Texture of Sound II

See more at http://www.elsabet.com/

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Florence Wangui

Country: Kenya

Style: Realism

Medium: Charcoal on Paper, Oil on Canvas

Fun Fact: Third Prize Winner of Kenya’s Manjano in 2013

Quote: “I didn’t show anyone my sketch book until, late 2011, when I met Patrick Mukabi and told him I wanted to become a great artist and I’d appreciate his help,” “My mother was very strict and made us stay indoors while she went to work, so that’s when I had time to draw.”

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Not only is Eric Cooper a very talented author, he’s also a very vocal equal rights advocate. So this week Dave and Ben sit down with Eric and talk about his Change.org petition to demand all the different comic bookconventions feature more diversity. The audience is growing and becoming more diverse. The industry is slowly doing the same, it’s time for the cons to reflect that. So sit back and listen to Eric’s message, and when you are done, stand up and help make a difference. Enjoy!