African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Flower TV" by Mari Hall
"Flower TV" 14 in W X 18 in H - $215 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

Everybody else is on TV, I thought ruefully. Dancers are on TV, singers are on TV, musicians are on TV, writers are on TV, but painters, not there. Not there! Well, I had a brilliant idea, copyright free idea, so funny that I thought maybe I should write it down and give it to some of the big guys on cable, you know, a brilliant idea to help them fill all of those empty hours on cable TV. You know, those empty hours when you flip on the TV and there are infomercials. Talk about dull. Who watches those things at 2 am in the morning, when I am hoping to find something sparkling on TV just because I am too tired to go to bed and too wired to do much but stare at moving pictures. Or even on an idle Sunday afternoon when I don't want to do much, I am so disappointed to see an informercial advertising socks that light up at night so you won't stub your toes in the dark. Is it really that engaging or is it just filling up time with something or another. So I thought, well, why don't they fill up all those empty hours with paintings! I have lots of JPGS I could send in. We are an army of artists, millions of painters waiting for our air time on TV. We would fill up all of your idle air time in a week, millions of painters submitting their interesting paintings that don't need anything but air time on TV. Why not! I don't know why not, I mean, it would be culturally engaging, and entertaining and then I could say, My Paintings Are On TV! Like this painting, "Flower TV", aptly named to support my ideas about putting this stuff on the air waves, As Seen on TV, here it is "Flower TV". Maybe I will get around to sending in my idea to all of them.



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.

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