|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Aura" 12 in W X 14 in H - $215 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
"Aura" is a playful painting about attraction, the unspoken language
that exists between people of all cultures. Mari Hall uses her unique
language of folk art, to loosely envelope the canvas with soft blue
textures, bounded by a bold shape that mimics organic forms, referring
very obliquely to the paintings of Henri Matisse, who was a strong
influence on the development of her mature painting style. The floating
pink hearts are a strong contemporary artistic reference to many contemporary
ideas, from candy on Valentine's Day to bumper stickers with hearts
for cities such as Los Angeles. The single eye full of admiration
bounces ideas for both the heart and the psyche which does not have
its own unique symbology. Playfulness with paint is a constant position
which the artist takes in her paintings, which delimit the use of
formal constraints of placement and horizon in favor of flat plane
composition and readily recognized symbols, such as the heart, the
infinity symbol and the eye. These ideas and symbols have surfaced
in her paintings over the years.
Mari Hall describes her painting style as folk art, with a balance
of ethnic references, flowing into her description of her art as African
American Folk Art which probably defies formal catalogue. The influences
for her contemporary oil paintings derive from a host of painters,
who also embraced flat plane composition, fauvist color and abolished
formal constraints of chiascuro modeling, horizon lines and light
versus shadow. Her modern artist eye does not deny the influence of
modern advertising, modern photography and modern humor. She describes
herself as a self-taught artist leaning heavily upon the works of
Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, with
a host of other artists shuffled in between days and nights of perusing
art in its many forms, including music. Her African American Folk
Art is also influenced by Haitian paintings which fly in the face
of gravity and reason into torrents of color and history. Mari Hall
prefers the sticky torpid passion of oil paint with its dangers and
fumes, to the more readily prized acrylic paint. The entire experience
of painting with oil is sensory to the extreme, propelling her into
the azure skies of creativity with a touch of Mojave Desert madness.
To calm her flight into the vagaries of chaotic paint, Mari sometimes
tosses out a novel, as writing for her, is another form of painting,
only with words.
Mari Hall started painting in her late 20s as a way to fill her time
with something constructive and engaging. Painting became a gateway
into an emotional and mental space that stretched into decades of
intense learning, expansion, failure, success, dreaming that forever
she would have tubes of oil paint, boxes of pencils, bottles of ink,
reams of paper, rolls of canvas with endless amounts of time and energy
to push all of each strand into some visual form that held pleasure
for another besides herself. She is in her fourth decade of painting
and hopes to mimic forever her desires in paint until she can no longer
hold a brush.
ElectricMoonBaby is African American Folk Art 2020, Outsider Art
in the Key of Life.
ElectricMoonBaby is Mari Hall, Artist & Writer.
ElectricMoonBaby is American, Contemporary, Constant, Flavored.
ElectricMoonBaby is Art in a Fun Key. Enjoy.
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