|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Ocara" 14 in W X 17 in H - $215 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, 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.
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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