|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Deeper Seas" 14 in W X 12 in H - $125
Fine Art Giclee Print on Canvas, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
Billowing clouds flow from the west, driven by winds from the ocean.
Huge thunderous clouds arrive from the south, full of storm and heat.
Whitened grey clouds arrive from the east, forcing the birds to hide
from the approaching storm. Icy bright clouds arrive from the north,
artic with cold, dragging the weather from Canada right onto my balcony.
I watch the clouds arrive, I watch the birds turn from the setting
sun towards the approaching storm to the east.
I watch the fury of winds drive the clouds from the west, bringing
torrential rains from the Pacific Ocean. I smell the clouds from the
south, scented like hot peppers, hot and violent, threatening fire
and smoke from cast thunderbolts driving electric into the ground.
I turn my face upward, shielding my eyes from the explosive bright
sun, admiring the rainbow of colors etched around the edges of a slender
bit of atmospheric cotton dotting the manganese blue sky. I lean forward
to admire a swirl of sundust drifting along the street, a small cyclone
of wind clutching a long piece of thin fabric cloud, daring the papers
to lie still along the gutters and curbs. I eat the heat of summer
air, wishing for a long shade of cloud to appear, hoping to dispel
for a moment of pure pearl cool, a bit of dotted shade to ban the
swelling heat that hovers beneath the promise of rain. I sit in a
silk of hot hundreds of degrees, evaporating my breath as it exits
my dry mouth, watching the drama unfold for another season of autumn
winter spring summer of clouds bracing fancy dreams while floating
here and there, catching the sun in a wild array of reds and blues
and hot oranges, tinted with brilliant yellows, pinks and greys, wild
against an unviolated sky of fluttering shimmering blues.
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 2021, 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.
Electricmoonbaby.com, Mari Hall, Artist ©