|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Gateway to 15" 13 in W X 13 in H - $235
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
Fifteen, five times three, fifteen times one, fifteen times teen.
A split time in life, not a child, not an adult, not anything but
teen with too many questions about all of it. Peek outside and see
nothing too much diffferent with fifteen ager eyes, it looks the same
but sounds different as my mind grabbed a hold of musically gifted
artists that spun me around in fifteen different directions about
life, wars, positions, placements, ideas that I never posited as a
ten year old, not caring about much except finishing my studies, passing
my exams, and playing outside hopscotch with friends and watching
TV when allowed. Not much entered into my sheltered life of a ten
year old person not expecting to be fifteen and fill up with too many
questions about all of it. Trying to change some part of it, make
my hair part on the side, cut it short, wear a different kind of blouse,
without knowing if that was part of the answer to all the questions
that crowd my fifteen ager old mind with noise about where when how
who what why it will all evolve into some kind of order. It must arrive,
some kind of order that imparts the knowledge to know where what how
who why, with some ideas straight to the point. Nothing is vague,
just mysterious, a fine point to banter over dinner with friends at
one day in the future, how it will unfurl like a flag on a holiday,
with all the strips and stars in the right order and the right color
and have a place, a purpose, a path, a use, clearly defined. Where
to make the border, how to divine the future, what will be cannot
be seen, or determined, so I put on another record on the record player
and dream that it might be this way or it might be another way, split
in half with ideas that cannot be the same as I had when I was ten,
or maybe they stayed the same. It was music that evolved my fifteen-ager
mind into shapes and curves flexing ideas that bumped up and out of
my mind, or sometimes my mouth, until I picked up some paints and
made that part of me shine.
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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