African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Piro" by Mari Hall
"Piro" 16 in W X 16 in H - $100 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Canvas, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

Sometimes I like to visit the NASA website. It's got all kinds of far out pictures of "outer space", pictures of unidentifiable objects captured by the Hubble Telescope. I am not a scientist, I have no inkling of what they are really talking about for the most part, but one of the more interesting ideas that I understood better, is just how far away our sun is. It's really far away, blazingly hot and there for us all of the time. By the time August rolls around in my part of the planet, it is so darn hot, it seems like the sun rolled in a little too close. Hey, we are burning up down here!! It is way too hot. I walk outside, overwhelmed with heat. I look at the trees, taking in all of the blazingly hot weather and they look just fine. I am ready to collapse, even while standing in the shade. Even the crows are hiding from the heat, but the trees are fine, until a few weeks later, when the trees start drying up. Yes, it is autumn, and the seeds are about to pop open from all the intense heat. Yes indeed, they will pop open, get thrown into the wind, get spread all over the place and then wait for the next part of it, the late autumn rains and winter cold to drive them into the ground where they will wait with patience for the sun to come along, just in time to warm them up and grow them again into whatever kind of plant they might be. Amazing. The sun is millions of somethings away, and it is just far enough away to keep from setting everything on fire. I guess it is a good thing that there is only one sun for us. One is enough.

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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