|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Filter in Spring" 14 in W X 18 in H
- $115 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Canvas, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
I watch closely every spring for the first buds to arrive, exotically
placed and somehow defined as a peach tree, it stands in my neighbor's
yard. It is usually, if not always, the first to boast a protuding
bud on each branch while the other trees line the sky forlornly as
bare trees, wintering still with or without an abudance of water.
An abundance of water is the key, is it not, in our dry desert climate,
water comes in a furious downpour, swirling leaves and tumbling water
over the edges down the streets in wasteful abandon, and yet somehow
the water filters into spring and the trees grab just enough of the
juicy wet stuff to fluff out in giant expansion, a brilliant halo
of green. The furious growth amazes me each spring as I go to sleep
and when I awake, and look from my balcony to the little peach tree
across the street, I exhale again with wonder how busy the little
tree has been while I slumbered for many hours, it was busy filtering
water into each tiny pink tender blossom, followed by many tiny brilliant
delicate leaves facing upwards towards the sun, not bowing to the
violent spring winds, the little peach tree hangs on to so many of
its delicate pink blossoms that I wonder about the strength of a blossom
compared to me.
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.
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