|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Higher Seas" 14 in W X 12 in H - $245
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.
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