African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Oil Paintings ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"Snow in May" by Mari Hall
"Snow in May" 16 in W X 20 in H - $115 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Canvas, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

When I did this painting, we were coming out of many drought years in California. It was a spectacular winter, lots of winter storms, huge snowfalls in the mountains, and it was exceptionally cold most of the winter in the lovely Mojave Desert. In other words, by the time May arrived, I was sick of winter. I had cabin fever. I was walking up the sides of the walls. I was ready for my hot weather, to which I feel owed every single year. I wait for the heat to come rolling in, smothering heat, high humidity, scorching hot sun. I wait for it, with certainty that it will arrive. May arrives, with promise of at least warm weather. I was ready. Until Canada decided to send us some of its Artic Front Miserably Cold Air. I was furious! We don't need imported cold air, thank you very much. Take it back! Well, my howling was to no avail. Instead it tried to snow in May. I watched dismally as snow flurries dotted my windows. My favorite peach tree across the street, had already flowered into a halo of delicate pink blossoms. The snow flurries landed here and there, pushing against the leaves of the trees that stood green against a charcoal grey sky. The beauty of the day was undeniable but I was very happy and relieved when the cold front went away and the warm air filled the valley up again. That is my Snow in May story. It was worth a painting, as we who live in the high desert, are sometimes treated to exotic weather.

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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