African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Opus in Passion" by Mari Hall
"Opus in Passion" 13 in W X 13 in H - $225 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

Masks are a fun idea to work with, especially with paint. Masks have a fundamental meaning, embued with primal power of their own. They can mean anything, as they can attach ideas spanning centuries of traditions. They are allegorical, mythical, tribal, oval, square, feathered, etched, painted, shaved, shaped, baked, curled, old, plastic, ceramic, wood, metal, heavy, green, light, red, scary, lovely, churlish, but probably never wet. Wet masks, sounds moldy, maybe not so enjoyable to wear. Modern folks usually don't wear masks, with their tailored clothes, ear buds, and expensive sneakers. It's probably illegal to get on a plane wearing a mask. I don't think they would let you wear this mask. Or any mask with only one eye, with things poking off the side, looking fierce and mythic. We moderns cannot drive around wearing anything like this mask. We moderns wear internal masks, driven under the skin with years of conditioning to be wary of leaving our masks outside. We moderns do not wear masks to transform under a layer of wood or pearls into what might be a part person touching a part paradigm leaning over into an hours time before midnight. We moderns do not indulge in such mythological transitioning, instead, feeling our way along the bumps of life with another light entirely, more electric, more foreign, more oval.

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