African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Gateway to 15" by Mari Hall
"Gateway to 15" 17 in W X 17 in H - $115 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Canvas, 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.

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