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Curated by Okeeba Jubalo

As we celebrate Black History month, we will pay homage to our ancestors who made Atlanta the cornerstone of the civil rights movement. This will be an exciting opportunity to hear from the artists who made this exhibition amazing.

Artists Talk & Closing Reception:

Saturday, February 24, 2019 @ 2pm to 5pm

September Gray Gallery

75 Bennett Street, Suite O-2

Atlanta, Georgia 30309

(GOOGLE MAY DIRECT YOU TO THE OLD 4TH WARD LOCATION, WE ARE OFF OF PEACHTREE) 

Meet & Mingle: 2pm -3pm

Artists Talk: 3pm to 4pm

Closing: 4pm to 5pm 

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Dakoro Edwards

Dakoro is an artist that has been gifted a special talent  for using various mediums,  canvas or walls to make any atmosphere his works are displayed feel energetic. PURE is what best describes this multidimensional creative from Syracuse New York. Viewing Dakoro's works has been said to feel like something awakens in you, it starts a conversation that you absolutely cannot keep to yourself.

Grace Kisa

My art reflects the relationship between myself and the world around us. Through this work, I explore the connections between personal, cultural, national and global perspectives. In this way my art serves as both bridge and conduit.

 

My process is a combination of creative play and problem solving while working through concepts of identity and how one relates to notions of comfort and alienation. Migration and how one acculturates to a new environment, and the concept of home set against the context of time and space.

Steve Allen

Steve R. Allen is an artist recognized internationally for his bold use of color and ability to create in myriad styles.  He has traveled extensively internationally with his work.  His work hangs in world capitols and many prestigious art collections from Athens, Greece to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Beijing, China.

Steve’s talent was first showcased before a world audience when he was commissioned to create “Uniting Colors of the World”, a mammoth eighty feet by twenty-eight feet mural, as the City of Atlanta’s “Official” commemoration of its hosting the 1996 Centennial Olympic Summer Games.  

Sachi Rome

Sachi Rome's work is a reflection of her obsession with color and the human face.  It centers primarily on the black female giving her agency and empowering her with ecofeminism. Her images reflect her being at one with nature and being nature (she is) there is an otherness, a mysticism there. Elements of color and collage through the use of mixed media are also thematic components of the work.

Maurice Evans

Maurice Evan’s artistic creativity is expressed through a diverse mixture of art and photography.  A walk through his gallery reveals an interpretation of ideas and imagery through a lens of bold colors, graceful images and abstract expressions. The vocabulary of his palette articulates unique expressions of music, culture, gender, and politics - all of which reflect his limitless potential.  Maurice Evans resides in Atlanta, GA, never far from a sketch pad, and lives by the premise, “Create art for art’s sake,” inspiring viewers and artists alike to pursue their artistic and creative passion. 

Ayanna Smith

Born and raised in Atlanta, I spent most of my childhood surrounded by art.  My father, Daw'u, is a printmaker and visual artist.  My earliest memories included him taking us to art classes and my family participating in numerous art festivals. A passion for art and fashion grew throughout grade school, when I worked as a senior art apprentice for the City of Atlanta’s ARTScool's Program. There I began training in different mediums such as oils, ceramics, cubism, and textiles.

JAMELE WRIGHT SR.

My work is concerned with the Black American vernacular experience. Collecting found materials, Georgia red clay, and Dutch Wax cloth, creating a conversation between family, tradition, and the spiritual relationship between Africa and the South.

 

OKEEBA JUBALO

Okeeba Jubalo is an American painter based in Atlanta, Georgia whose creations are centered on illuminating the undefined and sometimes bitter truths of people of African American descent.  He uses sketchy, yet vibrant and soulfully layered paint strokes with his original hand-written poetry. His infiltration of aged photos has become a prominent characteristic of his work.  His strong, in-your-face artistry invokes conversations that are seldom discussed in large social arenas.  

THOM BESS

From Gray, Georgia, Thom Bess Moved to Atlanta at the age of 15 where he immediately became a fixture in the local arts community. Following a near death experience at 18, Bess began splitting his time between Jamaica and Amsterdam, where he began studying African centered metaphysics, and ironically began to reflect and channel his very American experiences onto canvas. Returning to the US in 2008, Bess started creating wall projections for small gatherings of friends in the newly re-emerging party and arts scene in Atlanta, depicting cult pop culture icons, literary figures, and people he encountered at the local coffee shop. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.  

KEVIN COLE

According to Halima Taha Ph.D. author of Collecting Works on Paper and Canvas (1998), Kevin Cole works in a range of mediums, uses repetitive forms and color to create three dimensional structures that invite those who experience his work to reflect upon abstracted references to a necktie used for status, beauty, fashion and the destruction of human life. She further states that “Cole’s work celebrates history, survival, and a personal memory of a time and place.” 

ANGELA D. JOHNSON

Informed by the wisdom of the matriarchs in her family, creates paintings, sculptures, installations, and ritual performances to examine and archive the technologies of black folks. Merging art into a contemplative practice she embodies Live Dreaming - a process of deep listening, imagining, constructing, and recording personal + community ancestry. She generates experiential spaces to bring personal and communal healing around poverty, displacement, and state sanctioned violence. Her works can be seen in galleries, museums, and private collections throughout the United States.

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ART PRICE LIST

Steve Allen

"Iyoladé" (Black Women as the Goddesses they "Are") from the Re-Imaginings series 

Recreated/Reimagined from the original painting "Mwasi Ya Kumu Iyoladé" (Queen Iyoladé)

Artist Hand Enhanced gicleé (Iris/Digital print on canvas) #1/1

Image Size: 42"w by 48"h

Price: $ 5,000.00

Steve Allen

"Freedom Journey" 

(Original in the Founding and Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian Institution 

National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Gicleé on canvas, Artist Proof #1/25 (250 in Signed and Numbered Edition on canvas)

Image Size: 28"w by 22"h

Price: $1,750.00

Maurice Evans

"Bumblefly"

Size: 11x20 mixed media on wood

Price: $850

Maurice Evans

"Field of Bliss”

Size: 11x20 mixed media on wood (encaustic)

Price: $950

Maurice Evans

“Abebi” (we asked for her and she came to us)

Original Mixed Media, scratch board, India ink,

cut paper, on wood panel)

Size: 8" x 10" with frame 10”x12”

Price: $650 (original) SOLD

 

Maurice Evans

"KING ME" an original mixed media painting on wood panel.

Size:34"x46"

Price: $8000

 

Maurice Evans

“Aishatu” (alive and well)

Original Mixed Media, scratch board, India ink, cut paper, on wood panel)

Size: 8" x 10" with frame 10”x12”

Price: $650.(original) SOLD

 

Grace Kisa

“Kindness In Quiet Company”

Mixed media sculpture-resin, metal, wood, sisal fiber, cable ties

Size: 54H x 31W x 16D inches

Price: $7500

 

Grace Kisa

“Sunrise In Different Dimensions” (Inspired by the music of Sun Ra)

Mixed media sculpture- clay, metal, wood, paint, pyrography, silver leaf, cable ties

Size: 52H x 20W x 12D inches

Price: $7000

 

Grace Kisa

“Phantasm”

Mixed media sculpture-clay, metal, wood, pyrography, sisal fiber, paint

Size: 28H x 13W x 10D inches

Price: $1500

 

Grace Kisa

“The Well Trained Heart”

Mixed media sculpture- clay, metal, wood, bottle caps, paint, pyrography

Size: 30H x 10W x 10D inches

Size: $1500

 

Grace Kisa

“Long Story”

Mixed media sculpture- clay, metal, wood, paint, pyrography

Size: 34H x 14W x 12D inches

Price: $3500

 

Grace Kisa

“Certified Sustainable”

Mixed media sculpture- clay, metal,wood,coins, paint

Size: 29H x 14W x 14D inches

Price: $2200

 

Ayanna Smith

“Calm After the Storm”

Mixed Media on Canvas

Price: $1,000

 

Ayanna Smith

“Immersion”

Mixed Media on Canvas

Price: $1,000

Thom Bess

“Caesar”

Mixed Media on Canvas

Price: $400

Thom Bess

“Uncle Pee Wee”

Mixed Media on Wood

$650

 

Dakoro Edward

“Haiti’s Dream”

Mixed Media

$3500

 

Dakoro Edward

"Park Bench”

Mixed Media

$1,000

Dakoro Edward

“Happy Anyway”

Oils

$2500

 

Dakoro Edward

“Easter Yellow”

Oils

$1,000

 

Kevin Cole

“When Joy”

$8500

 

Jamele Wright Sr.

“IN TRANSIT #9”

Mixed Media, Georgia Red Clay on Dutch Wax cloth

2018

$5500

 

Okeeba Jubalo

“Jesus Is From The Ghetto & So Am I…Amen”

Mixed Media on wooden panel

$2800

Okeeba Jubalo

“A Mile N Myne”

Mixed Media on hand-made wooden table

$3900

 

Okeeba Jubalo

“Hoop Dreams Triptych”

#1/1

$1500

Sachi Rome

“Warrior Blue”

Mixed Media on Canvas

$2300

 

Sachi Rome

“The General”

Mixed Media on paper

$700

 

Sachi Rome

“A blink in space #2”

Mixed Media on paper

$1000 SOLD

 

Angela Davis Johnson

“Draw prayers in water”

Acrylic, paper, fabric on canvas

$3500

Angela Davis Johnson

“Past that is not past”

Acrylic, paper, fabric on canvas

$3500

Angela Davis Johnson

“Living/in the wake”

Acrylic, paper, fabric on canvas

$3500