“African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world.”
In line with long-established Black artistic and cultural movements, Black Renaissance features eight artists who live and work in Southern California, and who personify and offer reflections on the 2024 Black History Month theme, African Americans, and the Arts.
United by a common interest in creating figurative compositions, their work exemplifies a wide range of singular styles within this artistic tendency. Through painting, collage, and other mediums, these artworks draw attention to the ways in which individual perspectives create diverse forms of representing Black identity, life, and love within a shared cultural community.
Black Renaissance is a joint exhibition in partnership with the Palm Springs Black History Committee. It is part of an annual collaboration to highlight Black art and to provide educational opportunities about history and examines the 2024 national Black History Month theme: African Americans and the Arts with a spotlight on the Harlem Renaissance.
The museum thanks members of the Palm Springs Black History Committee, and the exhibiting artists who have made this exhibition possible. Palm Springs Art Museum’s Education Program is generously supported by The Helzel Family Foundation, and The City of Palm Springs
A multidisciplinary artist who works in several media, Adeola has a way of bringing colors together to create a visual sensation. When you look at my paintings, you feel the joy and happiness the colors convey, Adeola said. Adeola is very aware of colors and forms and how they work to captivate her audience.
Aaron Allen Marner
You Bring Me Joy
Aaron Allen Marner is a visual black gay artist working in Palm Springs, California. His current work focuses on using vibrant colors, pattern, shapes and nature to convey emotion, love, compassion and awareness while expressing a sense of fashion and culture references from the 80’s and 90’s.
Bonding Through Natural Hair
Chantel Andrews (b. 1986) is an African American full time visual artist based in the Inland Empire of Southern California. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts from California State San Bernardino, Chantel's inspiration emanates from life experiences, the bonds of family and friends, and the beauty found in everyday life. Her work, often on a medium to larger scale, reflects a commitment to showcasing the richness and diversity of Black experiences. Through her art, Chantel invites viewers to share in the joy and cultural significance embedded in her creations, fostering a positive narrative that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds.
Self-portrait: Childhood Nostalgia
Tysen Knight is an international pop urban artist, an accomplished filmmaker, and a muralist, who is famous for his street art based on pop art sense and Buddha’s teachings and is inspired by the artworks of popular artists such as Jean-Michael Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Knight came across the works of popular artists such as Andy Warhol, after which he developed an interest in street art and graffiti, which he used as a tool to convey his emotions through drawings and paintings on vacant buildings and walls.
Stvte of the Art
Mother of God
You’re not going to just find art from Shep; he creates a compilation of stories. These are tales of cultural pain, paint strokes channeling beauty we see every day, with colors that reflect the human and spiritual experience. The young North Carolina creative always had the passion and talent to share with the world, but it wasn’t until after honorably serving in the US Army, that he decided to truly home in on his craft.
Calvin Clausell Jr.
Away We Go
Calvin Clausell Jr. is a self-taught artist and actor based in Los Angeles. Specializing in large-scale realist oil paintings, Clausell Jr. seeks to reveal moments of vulnerability and passion. He got his start with charcoal and graphite, teaching himself shading techniques by observing human expression and emotion, but he credits the book, “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, with inspiring him to branch out and try new mediums, eventually leading him to his true love: oil painting. Since he transitioned to oil in 2016, Clausell Jr. has continued to expand on ideas and techniques while diving deeper within himself and his culture.
Brittney S. Price
Maid N America
Her art celebrates and highlights people of color while bringing awareness to social injustices. Currently she works with LA Commons: Healthy Kids Zone to teach the youth the importance of art and freedom of expression.
Deborah McDuff Williams
This Ain’t Xmas
Mixed Media. Mixed fabric, paint, chalk, and glitter. 4" x 8".
Deborah McDuff Williams catches the true spirit of each item she creates. She feels her one-of-a-kind items or designs must speak to her audience. Deborah is committed to quality and unique one-of-a-kind designs. She repurposes materials and turns them into a new detailed creation. Each item has its own voice and appearance.
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