African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Road to Kansas City" by Mari Hall
"Road to Kansas City" 15 in W X 15 in H - $115 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Canvas, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

Road trips are fun. It's the best way to see America, much better than flying where you can only see briefly a field or something that looks like it might be something before it is gone. I guess mountains are the best from an airplane or maybe the ocean, as it is so big, or maybe the city lights of Los Angeles in the evening, seeing the miles of bright lights stretch out forever on the way to home. But if you really want to see anything, in America, the car is the best way to see it. Load up the car with everything that you can think of, stuff it full of every single comforting homestyle blanket and shoes and hats and food and whatever will fit squarely behind a seat or in the trunk and take off! I had an amazing road trip when I was a kid, driving for miles and miles from Los Angeles, with its tangles of freeways into the deserts of Arizona, through New Mexico, with its big skies and large thundering rainless skies, the middle of summer with heat blazing everywhere, across the vastness of Texas that seemed to go on forever and ever. We never stopped driving it seemed it was an endless ribbon of roads here and there, with the side attractions of caverns and parks, an endless ribbon of roads with nothing there, no cities, just fields and silos, an occasional motel and diner, but mostly empty. I was mesmerized by the vistas, enchantment held me fixed closely to the car window, watching the fields evaporate into farms, turning over into canyons and then large patches of trees, there's a cow, or maybe those are frogs all over the road. It was an amazing journey, how many days of driving I cannot remember until we arrived at our destination of Kansas City, Missouri, so far away from California, so far away from home.

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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