In my Early days, even though I had formal Art training, my methods were simple. I started using #2 Pencils and various other professional tools like a kneaded Eraser and in place of a sump for shading, I used a Pig Hair Brush. I was developing a broad imagination. The Genre of Surrealism ( Dali ) interested and influenced me in a purely Visionary sense. I could never make clear sense of Dali's imagery because it was new to me. I was attracted to his Visionary / Dream sense I felt a strong Eroticism about his paintings. I understand that Surrealism was a Social Movement Genre. As a latter day Art Student, I loved the mystery of Surrealism which is about the Dream State and the Metaphysical Realm.
I come from a Narrative Afro Centric Art Tradition...so the Modern Art Notion of
"ART ABOUT NOTHING" WHICH FOCUSES PURELY ON TECHNIQUE AND MEDIA AND NOT NARRATIVE CONTENT
did not sit at the top of my consciousness. I came to ART as a hobbyist, but I always reflected on African American life and thought.
I saw an avenue of expression in Surrealism's mysterious imagery combined with African American imagery early on. These works reflect the times ( 1970's ) and my personal explorations or interests. My early work was not thoughtfully political...
...it was true to life, heart felt and sometimes a reactionary purging...
Pusher Man 1972 / #2 Pencil
Early example of my "New Generation at the Scene of the Crime" Series
The Revolutionaries 1972
#2 Pencil / Mirror digital Composition
Itagiri / Ifekufe - Erotic / Lust
1972 #2 Pencil
Early Pen and Ink 1972 / 73
The Fallen 1971/ Pencil, Crow Quill Pen and Ink & Collage
One of my most Mature Early Works...
First Serious Exploration of the Pointillism Genre
Executed in a Mixed Dark Olive Ink to make the deep shadows softer
Mirror Digital Composition
Mother and Child 1971
( Mirror Images ) The Ghetto - 1972