|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"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.
ElectricMoonBaby is African American Folk Art 2021, 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.
Electricmoonbaby.com, Mari Hall, Artist ©