African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Ohm Candle" by Mari Hall
"Ohm Candle" 12 in W X 14 in H - $215 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

Sit down. Breathe with cosmic rhythm. Relax into a mystical vibe. I light a candle, Ohm, I light some incense, Ohm. I clear my mind. Ohm. At last, I find a space of space squeezed inside time of space, to relax and not get out of whack about something that can wait just a little bit longer. Being peaceful is hard work! Ohm. I saw that. Over there. It's back. The dust is back. I just dusted. Ohm. Turn your mind inward, relax, feel the cosmic vibe, dust. See you are thinking about dust again. Dust. DUST. Relax, the dust isn't going anywhere. It will be there when you get around to chasing it off that desk, lamp, sofa, chair, stand, book, shelf. Relax. Relax. Feel the cosmic vibe surround your environment of laundry. Laundry, see there you go again. Laundry, I just did laundry. It's back again! It's a constant battle. Dust laundry dishes bills emails sore feet cooking back aches projects plans missed birthdays plans for next year. And endless array of ideas keep parading around when I try to just relax. Relax and ohm my way around all of it. I keep trying. Maybe I just don't like it, being too ohm'd about all of it. Maybe I just don't try enough to be in that space. It is hard work, after all, being peaceful and all that. Maybe what I will do instead is take a nap.

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., Mari Hall, Artist © 2016-2020