African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Filter in Spring" by Mari Hall
"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.
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