Born 23SEP46 in Itawamba County, Mississippi.
an old, Black,
work addresses the industrial, racial and emotional environment of South Side
Chicago. There are large panels of sheet
metal colored by applying acids, urine and
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AndréG1 & AndréG2: Painted after Bronzeville’s most successful (Black) gallery owner dismissed my work by saying: “Your work is too depressing, too dark. Black people like brilliant colors. Don’t you ever paint flowers; I like flowers….”
MATERIALITY: Eyes are stones from my
grandmother's grave (
SelfPortrait1 & SelfPortrait2: Painted after a South Side conference during which several collectors spoke eloquently on the “naturalness of representational art to Black people.…” Indeed, one Black artist/curator reprimanded me for being insensitive to parlor room color schemes. COMPOSITION: MS mud, paint.
SelfPortrait3 & SelfPortrait4: Painted after Bronzeville’s second most successful (Black) gallery owner showed me to her French doors after dismissing my work thus: “Your work is too dark. I could never sell this; it would take too much energy. My clients buy only positive Black images.” COMPOSITION: MS mud, paint.
there are the ubiquitous (and dangerous) strips of rusted nails and tacks affixed
to many of my paintings. These Borders,
(Frames?) are not unlike the ringing of a bell. The idea expresses the thorns
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I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University With Highest Distinction (Summa Cum Laude). I look forward to the day when I may take my first painting classes, in a "positive" environment.