African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Higher Seas" by Mari Hall
"Higher Seas" 14 in W X 12 in H - $245 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

I live far away from the glistening Pacific Ocean, but I am keenly aware of it, the Pacific Ocean being such a large presence, having its own persona of grandeur, abundance and danger, it is there, just on the other side of the mountains, a quick flight by air of perhaps 40 miles, not 400 miles, which would probably send me into a tailspin of depression. I cannot imagine living that far away from some ocean, or sea or large undulating body of water that swirls the weather into a fury of clouds and rain every now and then. It is there, Neptune's Home, full of fish and algae and rusted car parts I suppose, or maybe some other less identifiable remains. It is there, and every winter I wait, paused with eyes focused to the west, for the Pacific Ocean to whip up some kind of winter drama, storm clouds furiously flying over the mountains, drenched with water, ah, the promise of rain. I was born on the other side of the country, next to the Atlantic Ocean, of which I know very little, except that it seems to throw out a mess of storms. It's a much smaller ocean than the mighty Pacific Ocean that shores to the west in Asia. Maybe next year I will make a trip to the Pacific Ocean shores, and dip my feet in the Pacific again, just to stay in touch.

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., Mari Hall, Artist © 2016-2020