|"Maya in Summer" 26 in W X 16 in H -
Fine Art Prints on Canvas
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
I thrive on the season's annual parade from summer to autumn. After
the furious blossoming of spring when green shines in every place
possible, the summer spreads even colors of green blue yellow with
dots of shimmering clouds. It is when the summer turns a face towards
the red into a nice soft orange that autumn's loud shout begins.
The trees dim slightly, crisping into a yellow brown while the fields
swell with orange pumpkins. "Maya in Summer" is an invitation
for autumn to begin, my favorite time of year, while I cling just
a little bit longer to the warmth of summer air, shunning the thought
of winter's cold.
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.