|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Flower TV" 14 in W X 18 in H - $215
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.
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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