African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Mojave Cloud" by Mari Hall
"Mojave Cloud" 40 in W X 20 in H - $175 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Canvas, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

A quiet space. That was my first impression of the Mojave Desert Antelope Valley area where I live. A very quiet space. A place to expand. A place to exhale. A place to be quiet. When listening to the rope on a flag pole bang into the metal becomes musical, that is a quiet space. When listening to the bird on my balcony sing passionately for his spring beauty becomes operatic, that is a quiet space. When the raven and the crow become separate voices in a wind-filled valley of light and dust, that is a quiet space. When the sky fills with yellow disguised as blue, that is a quiet space. I can leave, move sideways to the space filled with other than quiet, and still drag the quiet space along side my feet, hearing the shoes tap against the concrete, I can hear the branch snap quickly as the wind roars past my ears. I can hear the trees unfurl leaves with small yellow blossoms dropping in small torrents of petals while I walk sullenly along wishing that quiet would space time into better parcels of thought.

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 2021, Outsider Art in the Key of Life.
ElectricMoonBaby is Mari Hall, Artist & Writer.
ElectricMoonBaby is American, Contemporary, Constant, Flavored.
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