African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Foon" by Mari Hall
"Foon" 13 in W X 13 in H - $235 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

Water is basic, elemental, essential, flavored, textured, colored, scented, mystical. Water comes from the sky. Water envelopes most of our planet. Water is everywhere but water is not the same everywhere. The ocean is cold. The Pacific Ocean is cold. That was my world view, my delimiter, my expectation, my experience, until I set foot in the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea is like a liquid jewel, floating colors aqua silver clear reflecting white sand black sand, transparent lovely beauty extending outward into a fine horizon, so inviting. The Caribbean Sea is far from my home in Southern California and I was devastated, shocked, disoriented when I discovered that the brilliant Caribbean Sea was hot. The water was hot, hot, hot, like the beach sand, like the air, like the dense humidity everywhere, the water, the lovely aqua cool looking Caribbean Sea was hot, hot, hot, dipped with salt, so salty and hot and I looked at my feet, shimmering clearly through the aqua light blue clear jeweled sea water, and I frowned. I was not ready for hot water. I was not even ready to dip down into water that was so hot, not icy cold like the gigantic Pacific Ocean where your feet turn blue with cold after long hours of flopping around in the waves, sending you fleeing to the comfort of the hot sand and damp beach blanket, I was not ready to entertain the idea that the lovely Caribbean Seas were not going to provide me with instant icy relief from the tropical heat with the Equator radiator not so far away. I was not ready to drop down into the hot hot hot Caribbean Sea waters so salty like an oversalted pretzel dripping into my mouth and ears salty every drop of water was overly salty and hot. It was all wrong. I looked at the salty water with huge disappointment, waves of expectation peeling off of me with each step towards shore, this was not going to be a great beach experience after all. I made one try, only one try with the Caribbean Sea. I was done. Finished. Hot water outside like that, it was all wrong. My large feet craved the cold cloudy water of the giant Pacific Ocean with its rip tides and sea weeds and icy cold bracing water. I guess that I don't travel that well after all.

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.
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