|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Gras" 11 in W X 11 in H - $225 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
Yes, you must visit there. It is a good time to go. The area is not
full of tourists. There is time before Easter celebrations. Yes, you
must go to Venice. And so I did, not in time for Mardi Gras, but right
before Easter. I took a train from Ferrara, Italy to Venice, Italy.
The soft blue grey skies were beautiful, an adornment for my first
and only visit to Venice, where I was astonished to see what looked
like pearlized buildings, white marble casting their long images into
the waters of the canals, graceful against the soft spring skies,
so soft, as if they would fold into drapes of soft silk rather than
stand hard against rain and wind. A touch of soft enveloped every
step that I took while I walked slowly along the narrow streets of
some part of Venice, which part I do not know, looking here and there
until I found a most remarkable place where they made lovely hand
painted masks, for Carnivale.
The artist was busy placing the final touches on some rather ornate
fantasy mask that held too many twirled lines, made by a hand that
finished so many masks with delicate details in reds and blacks with
gold and feathers, hanging along the walls, they were so very splendid
to see. Large and bold, small and dainty, the size did not diminish
the skills evident with each mask, so carefully created. My Italian
being the size of a very small sandwich, we conversed sporadically
in English, French, Italian and hand pointing, until I tired of ideas
to ask quickly and knowing that my eye and my bank account were not
on the same page, I arranged to buy a few small masks that were carefully
packed in a tidy box which I carried back with me to Ferrara and eventually
arrived safely with me back in Seattle. A piece of Venice, remembered
with softness, in a small mask painted by the hand of an unknown master.
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.
Electricmoonbaby.com, Mari Hall, Artist ©