African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Ocara" by Mari Hall
"Ocara" 30 in W X 20 in H - $125 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Canvas, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

Winter is not my favorite time. Most of my paintings avoid winter as a focus for my creative meanderings, as I tend to turn into a churlish, whining, sniveling person, littering my mind with constant comments about how short the days are, how horrible it is to have the sun disappear before 8:30 pm, how shameful it is to walk outside with more than a light t-shirt, how limiting it is to close the big windows and flip on the heater, so much preferring the wind passing freely into my apartment space. I flip up the calendar morosely counting the days until December 22nd, when the days will get longer again and spring will be more than a distant notion. That being said, once again I have indulged in another painting about summer and autumn and spring, heat and clouds and seeds, facing forward into a passage of seasons much more to my liking. I can wave colors that are brilliant rather than umber, mix up wild yellows and reds, with blues hanging around the edges rather than thousands of shades of grey tinged with heavy darkness. I can hang ideas on heat rather than ice. I can sketch shapes in their fullness rather than their decline. I can paint until the light begins to wane as the seasons inevitably fall into darkness and winter. My end of summer spirit becomes like a bear, growling lowly, hibernating within winterness, waiting for spring to arrive.

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.

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ElectricMoonBaby is Mari Hall, Artist & Writer.
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