"OKO" - Pencil, Pen and Ink, Prisma Color Pencil Digital Composition 2012
...in the European Fine Arts / which is the foundation of American Art, Drawing is the Master Foundation. In the African Arts Sculpture and Woven Textile as well as Script, symbolism & Design ) is the Master Aesthetic. Paper Art was not the means of securing a visual tradition in a Terrestrial environment. So Sculpture - Wood, Metal, Clay, Stone and Fibre rules the African Design Aesthetic.
...Canvas Painting is a Modern aspect of African Art and it extends to all of the established major categories. But ABSTRACTION as it relates to Modern Art is an African Pillar because Sculpture ( theAfrican primary Art Form ) is always based in several preliminary "Abstract" stages of seeing >before the signature African textural and anatomic features are added to the Abstract Form.
Baba John Mason...in his Book "Orin Orisa" Sacred Songs of Cuban / American Yoruba descendants said AFRICAN ART IS ARGUABLY THE SPRINGBOARD FOR THE ENTIRE MODERN ART MOVEMENT...
MIDDLEPASSAGE- 2007 Digital Composition / Acrylic on Board
Eshu / Elegba - 2007 Digital Quad Composition / Acrylic on Board
OGUN THE BUILDER - 2007 Digital Composition / Acrylic on Corrugated Cardboard
THE PROJECTS - 2007 Acrylic on Illustration Board
"ISE DIDON FIFFIN AWON ENIA DUDU"
...refers to INCISED LINE vs SMOOTH SURFACE... and how that aesthetic created the African Textral Character or "Image of Our People" as well as that texture being the "Skin" or features of perceived beings representing the natural order. That script or symbolism or Motif carved into wood is what makes African Art so distinctive. It also feeds into Modern African ( African American ) Abstract Painting and Design. African textile - colorful or or Mono Chromatic is a Powerful Geometric Element of African oriented and Traditional Design. The play and contrast of the EDGES are the Aesthetic Signature of African and African Descended design
The African distinction is "PATTERNS", "MOTIFS" AND "CHARACTER", > actually complex ABSTRACT DESIGN that is completely African stamped for it's individuality and appearance because it relates to Historic Folkloric Tradition as a Narrative Language. "Some" are African motifs that are generationally deep and tribally significant like Kente Cloth which indicates class and social distinction in Ghanian W. Gold Coast Society. ...my motifs have a number of meanings... ...as an American Born / African descended / Educator with a wide Genre based Studio Practice, my original orientation was Illustrative Social Commentary - which is the derivative history and culture stamp that makes African American or Black Art a truly narrative Multi Genre. The Diaspora story ( whether Abstract or Realism ) as it relates to our history and every day culture - is what is carried in continental African Tribal Motifs. Painting and a variety of Culture Industry Arts expanded my Studio work in a broad fashion. Since 1999 my work has been based concentrated in Orisha Art and Neo Expressionism whch is my B. F. A. Degree concentration. West African Spirituality has always been a feature of my work in some way because of my alternate career as an African ( American ) percussionist. My Narrative / Folkloric Artwork and my Music / Instrument making became a basis for study which ties my 50 year Professional Arts and Culture Career into a related series of Personal, Studio, Museum and Public Projects, some of which are decades long.
Nude form / Double Image 2009
Marker, /color Pencil Pen and Ink on Paper
Right - detail from "New Generation at the Scene of the Crime"...
...this detail shows 0ne of my Fabric Painting Styles "(C) Afroneo / NeoAfro" on Paper. I chose Neo Expressionism as my Studo Genre in College where I started this piece. It is 6 x 5 feet and features the combination of African Textile Design, Expressive Painting and Pointillism. In my early days at the High School of Art and Design, NYC when I worked exclusively in Pen and Ink. I employed Cross Hatching and Dot Matrix ( Pointillism ) A drawing would take 3 months of time but the effect was well worth it. Pointillism is a Super Technique that takes a lot of skill and knowledge of color, form and media. ...I attribute the French Artist Seurat with that influence.
...I have studied and seen his actual works at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in NYC when the Guggenheim hosted the first and only showing of most of the Great Modern Masters. Pointillism as I use it is an accent to my expressive forms and color field as depth and dimension.
... I am not an Impressionist like Seurat. I use hard lines and the color Black which the Impressionists don't do. My Forms and content are African and therefore on the edge of Traditional Modernism. I identify with the Modernist Movement through street Arts, Canvas Panting, and drawing technique. I wasn't a Street Artist when Graffiti Rose as a Genre from the streets to the Galleries. I came in on the tail end around the end of the Basquiat Era and my Street Art sensibility extended to my mural Painting in Upstate NY.
...As an African American Artist of the 60's, Content is always an up front aesthetic...which is what makes the idea of BLACK ART so distinctive. The Black Image, Cultural Experience and Protest Art / Social /commentary is the core. But BLACK ART IS NOT A GENRE...IT'S A CREATIVE MINDSET AND SOCIAL EXPRESSION, TAILORED AND HIGHLY PERSONALIZED TO THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA..
IMAGE MAKING BEGINS WITH A VISION OR FROM A VISION DRAWING IS MARK MAKING...IMAGE IS A COMPOSITION OF MARKS
REAL CAJON 2007 Pen, Marker and Prisma Color Pencil
...Free Style 2 Panel Exploded Motif...by Exploded, the patterns movr, are not symetrical and are less ordered because the design is developed weithout a central focus. It's a free style / free association with no figurative focus, just abstracted forms and textures. The Colors used is where the title comes from because in Orisha Folkloric Art color codes have great significance. The significantly abstracted picture makes sense more directly with a color code because that color energy becomes the overall focus. ...Traditional Diaspora Yoruba Color Narrative is one of 2 Visual references in this painting. The other is the visual / thematic resolution that radiates simultaneously communicating a visual statement without words. Where it matters culturally, there is the significnce of Color as a first note. In the main stream, it is an Abstract Painting.. Art about Nothing!...