|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Mojave Cloud" 40 in W X 20 in H - $175
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.
ElectricMoonBaby is Art in a Fun Key. Enjoy.
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